W&L Women's Tennis Claims 26th ODAC Title With 5-0 Win Over R-MC

W&L Women's Tennis Claims 26th ODAC Title With 5-0 Win Over R-MC

LEXINGTON, Va. – The 15th-ranked and top-seeded Washington and Lee women's tennis team defeated second-seeded Randolph-Macon, 5-0, in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Championship match on Sunday at the W&L Upper Tennis Courts.

The conference title was W&L's 14th-straight and the 26th in the 33 years that the ODAC has awarded a women's tennis championship.

The Generals jumped out to a 3-0 lead heading into singles play. Junior Brooke Donnelly (Kennesaw, Ga. / Marietta) and first-year Tessa Hill (Canton, Ohio / Jackson) recorded an 8-1 win at No. 1 doubles. At No. 2 doubles, sophomore Michelle Fleenor (Chattanooga, Tenn. / Girls Preparatory School) and first-year Mary Hampton McNeal (Beaufort, S.C. / South Carolina Connections Academy) won by a score of 8-0, while first-years Melinda Kauffman (Fuquay Varina, N.C. / North Raleigh Christian Academy) and DeeDee Aeschliman (Alexandria, Va. / International School of Manila) claimed No. 3 doubles, 8-1.

In singles action, Hill topped Caitlin Delmas, 6-0, 6-0, at No. 2 singles and Kauffman posted a 6-2, 6-0 win over Toni McDonald at No. 5 singles.

W&L improved to 18-5 overall, while Randolph-Macon dropped to 17-2.

Washington and Lee will receive the league's automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Tournament, which begins on Friday at a site to be determined.

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#15 Washington and Lee 5, Randolph-Macon 0
May 08, 2016 at Washington and Lee (Upper Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. Brooke Donnelly (W&LW) vs. Kelsie Grice (RMCWT16) 6-1, 2-0, unfinished
2. Tessa Hill (W&LW) def. Caitlin Delmas (RMCWT16) 6-0, 6-0
3. Michelle Fleenor (W&LW) vs. Melissa Tomlin (RMCWT16) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
4. M. H. McNeal (W&LW) vs. Gaby Tersigni (RMCWT16) 6-3, 4-0, unfinished
5. Melinda Kauffman (W&LW) def. Toni McDonald (RMCWT16) 6-2, 6-0
6. DeeDee Aeschliman (W&LW) vs. Molly Jesseman (RMCWT16) 6-1, 4-1, unfinished
Doubles competition
1. Brooke Donnelly/Tessa Hill (W&LW) def. Caitlin Delmas/Sid Corrigan (RMCWT16) 8-1
2. Michelle Fleenor/M. H. McNeal (W&LW) def. Kelsie Grice/Gaby Tersigni (RMCWT16) 8-0
3. Melinda Kauffman/DeeDee Aeschliman (W&LW) def. Melissa Tomlin/Molly Jesseman (RMCWT16) 8-1
Match Notes
Randolph-Macon 17-2; Regional ranking #17
Washington and Lee 18-5; National ranking #15; Regional ranking #6
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,5)
ODAC Women's Tennis Championship Match
Official: Releford Sanders T-2:00 A-103