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KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A pair of North Coast Athletic Conference doubles teams from Denison and Kenyon fell in the national quarterfinal round of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship on Saturday, May 25.
The Denison doubles team of seniors Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/Archbishop Alter) and Emma Alsup (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) fell 6-2, 7-5 to Middlebury's Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly, while the Kenyon duo of sophomore Erika Oku (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) and senior Maggie Sweeney (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) dropped a 6-1, 6-3 decision to the top-seeded Claremont-Mudd-Scripps duo of Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox.
Hawley and Alsup ended their senior seasons with an overall record of 22-8, while earning All-American status with their trip to the Elite Eight. Oku and Sweeny finish the 2019 season with a 19-10 overall record and become Kenyon's first All-American selections in doubles since 2010 when Amy Schlessman and Prita Kidder earned the honors.
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) had a pair of doubles teams from Denison and Kenyon advance to the national quarterfinals of the 2019 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Doubles Championship on Friday, May 24.
Denison's senior doubles team of Lauren Hawley (Dayton, OH/ Archbishop Alter) and Emma Alsup (Nashville, TN/Harpeth Hall) defeated Anjie Kashyap and Sophia Strickland of Johns Hopkins 7-6 (7-5), 6-2 in the round of 16, while the Kenyon duo of sophomore Erika Oku (Hinsdale, IL/Hinsdale Central) and senior Maggie Sweeney (Grosse Pointe, MI/Grosse Pointe South) defeated DePauw seniors Megan Galle (Columbus, IN/Columbus East) and Sarah Wilder (Batesville, IN/Oldenburg Academy), 5-7, 6-4, 6-2.
With the wins, the pairs advance to the tournament quarterfinals that will take place on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The Big Red tandem will now turn their attention to Middlebury's Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly who defeated Kathy Joseph and Sindhu Ravula of UT Dallas 6-1, 6-4 to reach the NCAA quarterfinals.
Kenyon will take on the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps duo of Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox in the quarterfinals after CMS defeated Mary Washington’s Lauren Quinn and Rachel Summers, 6-3, 7-5 in the round of 16.
Oku also competed in the Singles Championship on Friday, but fell 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 1-6, to Mary Washington’s Rachel Summers in the opening round.