Albion Advances to NCAA Second Round with 5-2 Win over Grove City

Albion Advances to NCAA Second Round with 5-2 Win over Grove City

May 12, 2011


May 12, 2011, Greencastle, Ind. — Albion advanced to the NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championships Second Round following a 5-2 victory over Grove City in the opening round of the tournament at DePauw's Blackstock Courts.

The Britons improved to 15-3, while the Wolverines finished their season at 13-3. Albion takes on sixth-ranked Denison in Friday's 2 p.m. second round match.

Albion jumped out to a 3-0 lead after doubles as the number-two team of Shelley Zamler and Marissa Messenger defeated Natalie Walten and Katie Brown by an 8-3 score before the number-one tandem of Katie Blumberg and Sarah Towler took an 8-6 victory over Stacy Moon and Megan Bennett. Albion's third doubles duo of Leah Saurman and Megan Vylonis beat Reena Barnett and Jaclyn Walten by an 8-6 count.

The Wolverines closed the margin to 3-2 as Jaclyn Walten defeated Vylonis 6-2, 6-0 and Brown topped Messenger 6-4, 6-1. Zamler, Albion's number-one singles player, pushed the lead to 4-2 with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) win before Leah Saurman wrapped up the match at the number five slot with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 victory over Reena Barnett.

Grove City vs Albion College
5/12/2011 at Greencastle, Indiana
(Blackstock Courts)

Albion College 5, Grove City 2

 Singles competition
1. Shelley Zamler (ALBION) def. Natalie Walten (GRO) 6-3, 7-6 (7-0)
2. Katie Blumberg (ALBION) vs. Stacy Moon (GRO) 7-6 (9-7), 3-0, unfinished
3. Sarah Towler (ALBION) vs. Megan Bennett (GRO) 6-3, 4-6, 3-0, unfinished
4. Katie Brown (GRO) def. Marissa Messenger (ALBION) 6-4, 6-1
5. Leah Saurman (ALBION) def. Reena Barnett (GRO) 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
6. Jaclyn Walten (GRO) def. Megan Vylonis (ALBION) 6-2, 6-0

 Doubles competition
1. Katie Blumberg/Sarah Towler (ALBION) def. Stacy Moon/Megan Bennett (GRO) 8-6
2. Shelley Zamler/Marissa Messenger (ALBION) def. Natalie Walten/Katie Brown (GRO) 8-3
3. Leah Saurman/Megan Vylonis (ALBION) def. Reena Barnett/Jaclyn Walten (GRO) 8-6

Match Notes:
Grove City 13-3
Albion College 15-3
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (6,4,1,5)
NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Championship First Round


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