Scottie Tennis Advances To Second Round Of NCAA Championships

Thursday, May 12, 2011

The Agnes Scott women's tennis team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships at Sewanee, The University of the South on Thursday by defeating Principia College, 5-0 in their first-round match.

The victory raises Agnes Scott's season record to 14-2, while ending Principia's season at 11-6. The Scotties advance to a second-round match against Emory University on Friday at 2 p.m.(CST) at Sewanee.

Emory received a first-round bye as the top seed in the bracket. The Eagles are also ranked #3 in the country. With a victory over Emory on Friday, Agnes Scott would advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals on Saturday at 10 a.m.(CST) at Sewanee, where they would face the winner of Friday's 10 a.m.(CST) match between #13 Washington University in St. Louis and #18 Sewanee.

In Thursday's victory over Principia, the Scotties jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles matches. The third doubles team of Danielle Patton and Lauren Rives were first in with an 8-1 victory in their match.

The second doubles team of Mariel Herrera and Hannah Kraus scored an 8-2 victory to give the Scotties a 2-0 lead. In the last doubles match to be completed, Rachel Storz and Natalie Mayer defeated their opponents at first doubles, 8-4.

The Scotties would need just two victories in the six singles matches to earn the victory. The first came at fourth singles, as Danielle Patton scored a 6-1, 6-2 victory, giving Agnes Scott a 4-0 advantage.

The final Scottie victory came at fifth singles, as Hannah Kraus won her match, 6-0, 6-4. Of the four incomplete singles matches, Agnes Scott held leads in two of them.

This is the second time in three years that Agnes Scott advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championships. In 2009, the Scotties defeated Grove City College to advance to the second round before falling to Emory.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.