Altamonte Springs, Fla., April 27, 2019 – Senior Brigitte Hodge fought back from a one-set deficit to win the final match of her career but it was not enough as the No. 18-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team fell to No. 21 New York University 5-4 in the fifth-place match of the 2019 University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship Saturday in Altamonte Springs, Fla.
NYU improved to 10-2 with the win, while WashU ended its season with a 12-12 record.
Judy Kam sealed the victory for the Violets with a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10-8) win over sophomore Laurel Wanger at No. 5 singles.
WashU's senior class of Lisa Chionis, Brigitte Hodge and Libby Jubas concluded their career with a 56-40 (.583) overall record and helped lead the Bears to three NCAA Tournaments, including a pair of NCAA Quarterfinals finishes.
1. #9 Flyora Shiyanova/Coco Kulle (NYUW) def. Ally Persky/Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) 8-5
2. Ashley Lessen/Laurel Wanger (WASHUW) def. Judy Kam/Anna Maria Buraya (NYUW) 8-7 (7-4)
3. Rupa Ganesh/Kate Shaffer (NYUW) def. Stephanie Ren/Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) 8-4
1. Ally Persky (WASHUW) def. Anna Maria Buraya (NYUW) 6-4, 6-4
2. Coco Kulle (NYUW) def. Divya Sharma (WASHUW) 1-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) def. Flyora Shiyanova (NYUW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-2
4. Rupa Ganesh (NYUW) def. Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) 6-2, 6-4
5. Judy Kam (NYUW) def. Laurel Wanger (WASHUW) 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (10-8)
6. Zoe Park (WASHUW) def. Vanessa Scott (NYUW) 7-5, 6-1
• WashU was 7-11 against nationally-ranked teams this season
• Chionis concluded her career with a 74-67 record, including 50-42 in doubles
• Hodge had a 65-36 career mark, including 51-29 in singles
• Jubas had a career record of 20-13