No. 14 Women’s Tennis Overcomes Doubles Deficit to Defeat Centre in SAA Opener

No. 14 Women’s Tennis Overcomes Doubles Deficit to Defeat Centre in SAA Opener

SEWANEE, Tenn. - The 14th-ranked Sewanee women's tennis team started off on the right foot in Southern Athletic Association play with a 6-3 victory over the Colonels of Centre College Saturday inside the Guerry Indoor Courts.

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final Score: Sewanee (5-4, 1-0) 6, Centre (1-4, 0-1) 3
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HOW IT HAPPENED
-The Tigers saw themselves down 2-1 after doubles play. Mary Jane McCaghren/Maura McCrary avoided the sweep with an 8-4 victory at the No. 2 flight.

-Catherine Owen/Ellie Czura fell to the 10th-ranked team in the Atlantic South region in Neha Rao/Hannah Doherty, 8-6.

-The Tigers bounced back in singles, but it took some time. Owen tied the match at two set wins apiece with a victory over regionally-ranked Katherine Sherman, 6-1-6-0. Sherman is ranked 20th in the region.

-After Sara Thompson gave Sewanee the lead at the No. 3 position, the Colonels' Rao defeated Czura, 7-6, 6-3, to even the match back at three.

-Mary Jane McCaghren's 6-2, 6-1 win in the No. 4 flight gave the Purple and Gold the lead, and the team secured the match with the No. 6 win by Maura McCrary.

SINGLES RESULTS
1. Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) def. Katharine Sherman (CENTRE-W) 6-1, 6-0
2. Neha Rao (CENTRE-W) def. Ellie Czura (SEWANEE) 7-6, 6-3
3. Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) def. Caroline Stallings (CENTRE-W) 6-1, 6-2
4. Mary Jane McCaghren (SEWANEE) def. Hannah Doherty (CENTRE-W) 6-2, 6-1
5. Haley Tucker (SEWANEE) def. Emily Zelichenok (CENTRE-W) 6-4, 6-3
6. Maura McCrary (SEWANEE) def. Caroline Lancaster (CENTRE-W) 6-2, 6-0

DOUBLES RESULTS
1. Neha Rao/Hannah Doherty (CENTRE-W) def. Ellie Czura/Catherine Owen (SEWANEE) 8-6
2. Mary Jane McCaghren/Maura McCrary (SEWANEE) def. Emily Zelichenok/Caroline Stallings (CENTRE-W) 8-4
3. Katharine Sherman/Grace Headley (CENTRE-W) def. Caroline Adams/Sara Thompson (SEWANEE) 8-6

UP NEXT
The Tigers will begin their spring break trip in California Thursday against Rochester (N.Y.) in Malibu.

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