W&L Women's Tennis Opens Season at UMW Kickoff Classic

LEXINGTON, Va. – The Washington and Lee women's tennis team opened its 2013-14 season with action at the Mary Washington Kickoff Classic on Saturday afternoon.

Junior Sonja Meighan (Mclean, Va./Flint Hill) highlighted the day with two individual wins, allowing her to advance to the Flight A finals tomorrow. Meighan took down Vanja Andonova from Delaware St. in the first round and then defeated Lindsay Raulston from UMW in the semifinal round. 

Junior Meghan Buell (New Albany, Ohio/New Albany) defeated Shelby Harris from Mary Washington in the first round before falling to Brittany Pilking from George Mason. Buell will play Raulston tomorrow for third place.

In Flight B, Claire Cahill (Austin, Texas/Lake Travis) defeated Chrissy Gaul from UMW, 7-5,6-7,7-6, then lost to Marijke Boers from George Mason, 6-4, 6-4. First-year Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga./Marietta) defeated Ashley Delaney from George Mason in the first round and followed that up with a victory over Sofia Santa Maria from George Mason. Donnelly plays Boers in the finals tomorrow afternoon. 

Chelsea Mixson (Beaufort, S.C./Hilton Head Prep) defeated Esu Erdenebat from George Mason, 7-5, 6-4, in the first round of Flight C and then defeated Mackenzie Smith from UMW, 7-5, 6-2. She will take on Ksenia Kozlova of Delaware St. in the finals tomorrow afternoon. Mary Elizabeth Shutley (Marietta, Ga./Marist School) suffered a first round loss to Kozlova in the first round, but went on to defeat Mina Saygi, 6-1, 6-0.

Kelsey Vella (Sussex, N.J./Blair Academy) saw a victory in the first round of Flight D, defeating Alex Miller, 6-1, 6-2. Vella then defeated Michaela Dowd of Mary Washington and will play Jamie Cochran in the finals tomorrow. First-year Aalekyha Tenali lost to Aline Suyama, 6-1, 6-2 and then defeated Ashley Price 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. 

In Flight A doubles action, Meighan and Patricia Kirkland (Charleston, S.C./Ashley Hall) defeated Ritter and Suyama of Mary Washington, 8-1. Buell and Mixon also picked up a win, defeating Boers and Yang, 8-6.

In Flight B action, Cahill and Donnelly defeated Flood from UMW and Banas from Delaware St., 8-4, while Shutley and Tenali lost to Lacy-Thompson and Saygi, 8-4. 

The Generals will be back in action when they compete in Day Two of the UMW Kickoff Classic, set to begin at 8:00 am.

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