Claremont, Calif., May 19, 2014 – The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team ended its season with a 5-1 loss to top-ranked Emory University Monday in the quarterfinals of the 2014 NCAA Division III Championship in Claremont, Calif.
Washington U. concluded the season with a 19-6 overall, the most wins for the program since finishing 20-5 in the 2003-04 season. The Bears were making their second-straight and third overall appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals.
"We knew we were playing the No. 1 team in the country and needed to bring our best game to compete with them," said Washington U. head coach Kelly Stahlhuth. "We got here for a reason and we knew we could compete and gave it our best."
Emory (26-2) quickly jumped in front 2-0 with a pair of doubles wins at No. 1 (8-2) and No. 2 (8-1). The Bears prevented the sweep as senior Betsy Edershile and junior Hanna Newstadt posted an 8-6 win at No. 3 doubles over Brenna Kelly and Katarina Su to trim the lead to 2-1. The win for Edershile and Newstadt improved their overall record to 18-3, while the loss for Kelly and Su was just their second this season (6-2). The duo from Emory had dropped just seven games in their last five matches.
"The whole team decided that we needed to come out swinging for doubles. Hanna and I came in and really wanted to win that match," Edershile said.
Emory, who is unbeaten against NCAA Division III opponents this season in 18 matches, posted wins at No. 1 (6-0, 6-0), No. 3 (6-0, 6-0) and No. 5 singles (6-0, 6-1) to secure it school-record 26th victory of the season.
Sophomore Jamie Silverberg will represent Washington U. in the NCAA Singles Championship, while freshman Rebecca Ho and senior Corinne Rauck were one of 16 teams selected to the NCAA Doubles Championship. First-round action begins Thursday at 10:30 a.m. (PT).
1. Gabrielle Clark/Michelle Satterfield (Emory) def. Rebecca Ho/Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) 8-2
2. Beatrice Rosen/Madison Gordon (Emory) def. Aly Coran/Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 8-1
3. Betsy Edershile/Hanna Newstadt (WASHUW) def. Brenna Kelly/Katarina Su (Emory) 8-6
1. Gabrielle Clark (Emory) def. Jamie Silverberg (WASHUW) 6-0, 6-0
2. Rebecca Ho (WASHUW) vs. Michelle Satterfield (Emory) 7-5, 1-1, unfinished
3. Beatrice Rosen (Emory) def. Aly Coran (WASHUW) 6-0, 6-0
4. Melissa Goodman (Emory) vs. Theresa Petraskova (WASHUW) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
5. Madison Gordon (Emory) def. Betsy Edershile (WASHUW) 6-0, 6-1
6. Katarina Su (Emory) vs. Corinne Rauck (WASHUW) 6-0, 5-1, unfinished
• Washington U. is 11-15 all-time in the NCAA Championship.
• It marked the second time WUSTL and Emory have met in the NCAA Championship
• Emory has won all 19 meetings all-time against Washington U., including a 5-0 win in the last meeting in 2013.
• Washington U. finished 10-5 against ranked teams this season.
• Ho and Rauck had their nine-match winning streak snapped at No. 1 doubles.
• The Bears trailed after doubles just six times this season, finishing 2-4 in those matches.
• The Bears' senior class posted a 66-28 (.702) record in four seasons on the Danforth Campus.
• Senior Theresa Petraskova finished her career tied for 11th on the WUSTL all-time wins list (114), while Rauck is 18th (106) and Edershile tallied 96 career victories.