Jeffs Fall Short in Title Match to No. 1 Emory, 5-1

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The second-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team fell short to No. 1 Emory on Wednesday in the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship match by a score of 5-1 at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

Wednesday's match marked the second meeting between the two teams this season, with the Eagles claiming both contests. Following the Apr. 12 loss to Emory, Amherst rattled off 13-straight wins to reach the NCAA finals for the sixth time in program history and first since 2011. The two squads are no strangers when it comes to national postseason play, having faced each other in each of the last five seasons and 10 times total, including a 2004 national championship matchup (Emory defeated Amherst, 5-0). Emory now holds an 8-2 lead in the all-time postseason series.

Amherst's impressive season comes to an end after amassing 22 dual-match wins and just four losses. The 2013-14 campaign also featured a ninth NESCAC Championship crown for the Purple & White. Seniors Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin will now focus on the individual championships, which begin Thursday, May 22. Brewer and Devlin have both qualified in singles play and will also look to capture their third doubles national championship together.

Brewer and Devlin claimed the Jeffs solo point against Emory, earning a doubles win on the No. 1 court over Gabrielle Clark '14 and Michelle Satterfield '17, 8-5. However, the Eagles claimed both No. 2 and No. 3 doubles by scores of 8-1 and 8-3, respectively. Beatrice Rosen '16 and Rebecca Siegler '15 defeated Jen Newman '14 and Zoe Pangalos '14 on the No. 2 court while the pairing of Brenna Kelly '14 and Katarina Su '17 took the No. 3 position over Safi Aly '15 and Sarah Monteagudo '16.

Leading 2-1 entering singles play, the Eagles needed just three wins to claim the match. Melissa Goodman '17 increased the lead to two with wins of 6-1 and 6-2 over Sue Ghosh '16 on the No. 4 court. After Clark gave Emory its fourth point by defeating Brewer in No. 1 singles (6-1, 6-4), Su closed out the win by defeating Monteagudo in the No. 6 spot (6-2, 6-3).

Devlin was in a tight match with Satterfield on the No. 2 court. Satterfield edged the senior in set one, 7-5, but the second set was stalled at 2-2 when the match ended. Newman dropped the first set of her match against Rosen in the No. 3 position but retaliated with a 6-3 win of her own in the second frame to force set three. They were also tied at 2-2 when Emory sealed the win, while Pangalos trailed in No. 5 singles, 3-6, 3-2.