CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The Emory Eagles secured their second consecutive ITA Division III National Women’s Team Indoor Championship title on Sunday in a rematch of 2017’s final against the No. 2 Sagehens from Pomona-Pitzer. Unlike last year, when Pomona-Pitzer dropped the match 4-5, No. 1 Emory came out fast in the 2018 edition to soar to a 5-0 victory.
The Eagles jumped out to a quick 1-0 lead with an 8-0 win at number three doubles by Katie Chang and Daniela Lopez. Emory’s Bridget Harding and Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico provided the second doubles point with an 8-5 decision over the Sagehens’ Mary Ann Zhao and Emily Chen.
Pomona-Pitzer’s Carolina Casper and Shivani Doraiswami had a chance to salvage the final doubles point for the Sagehens. They forced a match tiebreak against Emory’s Anna Fuhr and Stephanie Taylor but were unable to bring balance to the match, dropping the tiebreaker 5-7.
Courts one and two were the star courts for the Eagles in singles. Freshman Ysabela Gonzales-Rico cruised to victory in her match against Mary Ann Zhao of Pomona-Pitzer 6-3, 6-2.
With match points looming on courts one and five, Bridget Harding on court one took down Pomona-Pitzer’s Carolina Casper 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the match for the Eagles just two minutes after Gonzales-Rico took her match.
No. 4 Carnegie Mellon took down No. 3 Chicago in Sunday morning’s third-place match 5-0.
Host No. 8 Sewanee finished the tournament by winning the fifth-place match in a convincing fashion against No. 6 Washington & Lee. The Tigers took down the Generals 5-0.
No. 1 Emory def. No. 2 Pomona-Pitzer 5-0