CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - The Bowdoin College women's tennis team saw its season come to a close in a 5-1 loss to Emory in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship on Monday afternoon.
The eighth-ranked Polar Bears finish a sensational campaign with a record of 16-6, advancing to the finals site of the NCAA Championship for the third time in the last four seasons. The third-ranked Eagles (16-6) advance to the national semifinals for the ninth consecutive season.
- Emory's senior duo of Paula Castro and Michelle DeMeo opened the scoring, taking the third doubles match, 8-3, over Pilar Giffenig and Sasa Jovanovic.
- Bowdoin tied the score at second doubles as Tess Trinka and Tasha Christ upended Michelle Satterfield and Daniela Lopez, 8-6.
- In the closest match of the session, Emory's Katarina Su and Bridget Harding pulled away late for a hard-fought 9-7 win against Samantha Stalder and Joulia Likhanskaia to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage heading to singles.
- Emory put the match away with three quick singles wins in straight-sets.
- Melissa Goodman notched Emory's third point with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Giffenig at fifth singles.
- Moments later, Castro posted a 6-3, 6-1 decision over Jovanovic at sixth singles before Su came through with the clincher, 6-2, 6-0, over Christ at fourth singles.
- Bowdoin's senior trio of Joulia Likhanskaia, Samantha Stalder and Pilar Giffenig finish with 61 career victories and three NCAA Quarterfinal appearances, making them the most successful class in Polar Bear women's tennis history.
- The doubles team of Likhanskaia and Stalder qualified for the NCAA Individual championship beginning on May 25. Likhanskaia and Tess Trinka earned bids for the singles tournament. More information will be announced later this week.