Sewanee, Tenn., May 12, 2018 – The No. 13-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's tennis team had its season come to an end with a 5-4 loss at No. 12 University of the South Saturday in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Division III Championship in Sewanee, Tenn.
Sewanee extended its winning streak to 13 matches and improved to 22-4, while WashU ended its season with a 13-8 record. Sewanee takes on top-ranked Emory University in the Regional Championship match Sunday at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
"We fought till the very last point and left it all on the court today," said WashU head coach Kelly Stahlhuth. "We are going to learn from today's loss and keep getting better and move the program forward."
WashU's senior class of Grace Deering, Kate Lee and Lily Schroeder concluded their career with a 62-36 overall record and helped lead the Bears to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a pair of NCAA Quarterfinal finishes.
1. #14 Clementina Davila/Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. #6 Grace Deering/Ally Persky (WASHUW) 8-4
2. Lisa Chionis/Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant/Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) 9-8 (7-4)
3. Ashley Lessen/Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson/Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) 8-3
1. #38 Clementina Davila (SEWANEE) def. #18 Grace Deering (WASHUW) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
2. #17 Ashley Lessen (WASHUW) def. Christina Merchant (SEWANEE) 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
3. Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) def. Ally Persky (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-3
4. #32 Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Brigitte Hodge (WASHUW) 6-4, 6-2
5. Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) def. Sanjna Tripathy (WASHUW) 6-2, 5-7, 6-0
6. Lisa Chionis (WASHUW) def. Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
• The Bears have an all-time record of 15-19 (.455) in the NCAA tournament
• WashU led after doubles play for the first time in four matches
• Chionis and Tripathy won the final four points of the tiebreaker
• Sewanee defeated WashU 6-3 on March 3 at the ITA Indoor Championship
• The Bears were 9-8 against nationally-ranked teams this year
• Chionis was down 6-3, 4-1 in singles before winning 11 of last 14 games
• The match lasted four hours and 21 minutes
• Chionis picked up the 60thwin of her career
Deering will compete in the 2018 NCAA Division III Singles Championship on Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, in Claremont, Calif.