Soarin' to the title
Top-seeded Emory takes national crown
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Top-seeded Emory won its sixth NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship with a 5-1 victory against No. 2 Amherst on Wednesday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
Emory (28-2) last won the title 2006, which was the end of a four-year championship run. The Eagles also captured the crown in 1996. Last year, Williams defeated the Eagles 5-2 in the final at Kalamazoo, Michigan. Emory took out Amherst 5-4 in the 2013 national semifinals.
|DIII WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP|
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|Hill: Amherst's Devlin wins fourth doubles title of career|
|Singles: Emory's Clark cruises to singles crown|
|Quarterfinal and Semifinal Recap|
|Hill: Ward makes return trip to doubles championship|
|Day 1 Recap|
|Hill: Emory's Clark returns strong in senior year|
|Championship Recap Gallery|
|Hill: Emory soars to national championship|
|Emory brings home national crown|
|Hill: Amherst battles, will face Emory for championship|
|Semis: Amherst dethrones defending champ Williams|
|Semis: Emory returns to final, stays unbeaten vs. DIII|
|Hill: Johns Hopkins does enough to hold on|
|Quarters: Williams eases by Bowdoin 5-0|
|Quarters: Law, Johns Hopkins stymies CMS' rally|
|Quarters: Amherst reaches sixth semifinal in a row|
|Quarters: Emory breezes by Washington (Mo.)|
|Hill: Williams looks for seventh title in a row|
|Brackets: Interactive Printable|
|Individual Brackets: Singles Doubles|
But, Bryant was totally focused on the success of her team at the 2014 championships, and not on past accomplishments.
"It's been a while," Bryant, when asked how she compared the championship as a player, and the title earned on Wednesday, said. "The only thing I can think about is how these girls continually amaze me."
Amherst's only point in the match came at No. 1 doubles, when Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin beat Gabrielle Clark and Michelle Satterfield 8-5. Brewer and Devlin begin a quest Thursday for their second consecutive NCAA doubles championship. Devlin claims three consecutive crowns, the first which came in 2011, and the second the following year with Laura Danzig.
Clark, the 2012 singles champion, bounced back to beat Brewer 6-1, 6-4 in the No. 1 match.
"We think that singles is different than doubles," Clark, about her singles victory, said. "You just let it go. You don't think about it going in. I had a lot of confidence before the match."
Clark was earlier named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Senior Player of the Year.
The Eagles had little trouble in the tournament hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges. Emory took out ninth-ranked Washington (Mo.) in the quarterfinals, and No. 4 Johns Hopkins in the semis, each by a score of 5-1.
Amherst (22-4) could not emulate the success of its men's team, which won the NCAA championship earlier in the day by beating the host CMS 5-3.
In other ITA Awards announced on Wednesday, Caroline Ward of CMS (last year's doubles runner-up) was named the national player to watch. Samantha Gann of Tufts was selected for the Arthur Ashe Leadership & Sportsmanship Award, while Middlebury's Alexandra Field received the nod as rookie player of the year. Yolanda Duron of La Verne was voted coach of the year, and Sarah Short of Carnegie Mellon was chosen as assistant coach of the year.
Two rounds of singles will be played Thursday, followed by one round of doubles.
Clark is the top singles seed, and Sonja of Washington and Lee is No. 2. Shelby Harris and Lindsay Raulston of Mary Washington are No. 1 in doubles, and Brewer and Devlin.
The singles and doubles finals are slated for Saturday.