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Emory & Henry Women’s Tennis Impresses At ITA South Region Championship Over The Weekend

Payton Holt prepares to swing on a backhand shot.

MOUNT BERRY, Ga. – For the first time since the fall of 2015, the Emory & Henry College Women's Tennis Team competed in the ITA South Region Championships. Sophomore Logan Graham (Radford, Va.) and freshman Payton Holt (Mount Ulla, N.C.) were E&H's representatives in the event. This year's championship was held at the Rome Tennis Center on the campus of Berry College.

The Basics
– ITA South Region Championships
HOST – Berry College
LOCATION – Mount Berry, Georgia
VENUE – Rome Tennis Center

The Format
Each singles player and doubles team was guaranteed at least two matches in the event. Those who lost in the first round were entered into the "Consolation Draw" of their respective flights.

Holt was drawn into singles flight "B2" while Graham was in the "C" singles flight.

Holt easily dispatched Madeline McDonald of Rhodes College by a 6-1, 6-2 score in the round of 16, advancing to the quarterfinals. Her matchup in the round of eight was against North Carolina Wesleyan College's Nicole Halabi, who she defeated – 6-2, 6-3 – moving on to the semifinals.

The freshman battled with Sewanee's Madeline Cummings, winning the first set 6-3, but falling in the second, 6-4, to force a tiebreak set. Cummings came away with the win, 7-3 in the tiebreak, as Holt finished tied for third in the B2 Singles Flight.

Graham also earned a singles win, taking down Erica Rempel of Belhaven University – 7-5, 6-2 – to start competition. In the quarterfinals, Covenant College's Margo Koby got the best of Graham, winning – 6-3, 7-5.

Holt and Graham teamed up to play in the "B" doubles flight. The tandem fell by an 8-0 score to Kaylin Thompson and Sarah Gray of Sewanee in the first round.

Rhodes duo Madeline McDonald and Tricia Sculco earned an 8-3 win in the B Doubles Consolation quarterfinals to signal the exit for the Wasps.

Up Next
Emory & Henry will close out the fall portion of its schedule on Tuesday when it visits Johnson University. First serve is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.