|Kiara Rose won a 14-12 tie-break in the sixth singles match|
WINCHESTER – Top-ranked Emory University scored a 6-3 victory against #7 Tufts University in non-conference women's tennis action played at Winchester Tennis Club on Friday afternoon.
The match was moved indoors due to cold weather outside. The visiting Eagles, from Atlanta, appreciated it and took two out of three in doubles. Then they won the first three matches to finish in singles clinching the victory. Emory improved to a perfect 13-0 this season. Tufts dropped to 3-5.
Jumbos Maggie Dorr and Caroline Garrido continued to play well in the first doubles spot as they took an 8-2 win against Emory's Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Defne Olcay. However, the Eagles won the other two matches. Emma Cartledge and Jessica Fatemi had recorded an 8-2 win at #2 and Christina Watson with Stephanie Taylor had won third doubles 8-4 to give Emory a 2-0 lead at the time.
Gonzalez-Rico, the #1 ranked singles player in the country, defeated Dorr 6-3, 6-1 at #1 to give Emory a 3-1 advantage. Cartledge at #4 (6-2, 6-0) and Fatemi on the fifth singles court (6-3, 6-1) sealed the victory for the visitors.
Tufts won the final two matches. Senior Tomo Iwasaki went three sets to defeat Olcay 7-5, 3-6, 10-7 at #2. Likewise, sophomore Kiara Rose had a 14-12 tie-break win in the third set to capture her sixth-singles contest against Taylor (7-5, 4-6, 14-12).
The Jumbos are off to Maine tomorrow for a pair of matches at Bates (10 am) and at Colby (3:30 pm). Emory continues its New England weekend road trip Sunday at Middlebury.