St. Louis, Mo. - Eleventh-ranked DePauw opened NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship play with a 5-1 win over #25 Wisconsin-Whitewater and advanced to the third round of the tournament.
The Tigers improved to 19-4 and will face ninth-ranked Washington University at 1 p.m. CDT tomorrow. The Bears blanked Grinnell, 5-0, earlier today. DePauw and Washington will meet for the fourth time this year as the Bears won two of the three previous meetings this season. Wisconsin-Whitewater finished its season at 21-6.
In today's second-round win, Meg Crowley and Claire Marshall put the Tigers on the board first with an 8-4 win over Megan Humphreys and Amy Upthagrove at second doubles before the third duo of Kaitlin Pickrel and Julie Wittwer topped Jessica Vitale and Erika Williams, 8-6. Caroline Emhardt and Maggie MacPhail dropped an 8-6 decision to Alexandra Bayliss and Jackie Vitale, giving DePauw a 2-1 lead headed into singles play.
Witter took care of Vitale at sixth singles 6-1, 6-0 before Emhardt did the same at fifth singles over Upthatrove 6-3, 6-4. MacPhail wrapped up the win with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Bayliss at first singles.