August 9, 2013

Four Generals Earn ITA All-American Honors

SKILLMAN, N.J. - The Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) recently announced its 2013 NCAA Division III All-America Teams and four athletes from the Washington and Lee women's tennis team were honored.

Rising senior Claire Cahill (Austin, Texas / Lake Travis) and junior Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C. / Ashley Hall) earned All-America laurels in doubles, while juniors Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio / New Albany) and Sonja Meighan (McLean, Va. / Flint Hill) earned All-America accolades in both singles and doubles.

Cahill garnered All-American laurels after partnering with Buell to take first place in doubles at the ITA Regional Tournament last fall. Cahill also garnered first team all-conference accolades for the first time at No. 3 doubles this season. She registered a 20-14 overall record in doubles with a perfect 7-0 mark in conference.

Kirkland earned an All-America spot by advancing to the NCAA semifinals with partner Meighan. Kirkland was awarded her second first team all-conference honors at No. 3 singles and No. 1 doubles earlier this season, recording a 7-1 singles mark and a 20-6 mark in doubles on the year. She finished the year ranked first in the region in doubles when partnering with Meighan. 

A two-time first team all-conference selection, Buell garnered All-America recognition by winning the ITA Southeast Regional in both singles and doubles. Buell also qualified for the NCAA Tournament in singles and defeated Case Western Reserve's Sara Zargham, 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. She went 20-8 overall in singles this year, while claiming a 23-8 record in doubles. Buell finished the season ranked sixth in the region in singles and seventh in doubles.

An ITA All-American in singles last season, Meighan makes her second consecutive appearance on the All-American team. Meighan and Kirkland qualified for the NCAA tournament, taking a first round 6-3, 6-1 win over the team of Courtney Lawless and Alyssa Roberg from Whitman. Meighan collected ODAC Player of the Year for the second-straight season after claiming a 16-6 overall record in singles and a 19-6 mark in doubles this season. She finished the year ranked 16th in the nation as an individual and teamed up with Kirkland to rank third in the nation in doubles.

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