With only a few competitions this weekend after the cancellation of the softball game against Georgia Gwinnett College, the spotlight was on the women’s tennis team and the men’s and women’s track and field teams. Here is how they fared. 

Women’s tennis drops match against Georgia Gwinnett

Emory’s women’s tennis seniors were honored on April 20 prior to their match against Brenau University. (Michael Mariam/Sports Editor)

On April 16, the women’s tennis team faced off against the Georgia Gwinnett College Grizzlies. While the team put up a good fight, the Eagles could not pull through, suffering a 6-1 loss. 

The duo of seniors Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Katie Chang were the only Eagles that walked away with a win, securing a 6-3 victory over Grizzly sophomore Tereza Koplova and freshman Selina Pichler. In singles, long and hard matches were fought by freshman Ana Cristina Perez and junior Lauren Yoon, while senior Stephanie Taylor made her season debut in the singles lineup. However, each fell short in their matches.

On April 20, Emory women’s tennis held their senior day match against Brenau University (Ga.) and won all seven of their matches in straight sets. Emory’s seniors were honored prior to the matches in a pregame ceremony. 

Gonalez-Rico won both sets 6-1 to pick up the first singles victory. Seniors Stephanie Taylor, Chang and Defne Olcay also won on their senior day. In doubles play, Gonzalez-Rico and Chang won 8-1 in first doubles while Olcay and senior Sasha Hartje won 8-2 at second doubles.

Emory’s women’s tennis team plays next on April 30 as they host Georgia Gwinnett. 

Track & Field Sees Season Best Times at Georgia Tech Invitational

On April 16 and 17, the track and field teams finished up their competition season at the Georgia Tech Invitational in Atlanta. The competitors at the meet ranged from Division III schools to some Division I schools, including Boston College (Mass.), The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Georgia State University.

From the women’s track and field team, graduate student jumper Isabel Saridakis won the pole vaulting event with a season best of 3.70m. At the pole vault, sophomore jumper Ticia King hit a personal best with a height of 3.40m. On the track, the Eagles finished with five different season best times. 

Senior thrower Laura Sheckter broke her school record of 12.84m in the shot put with a throw of 12.97m. Sophomore distance runner Annika Urban and jumper Rebekah Bondi also challenged the record books with their effort in the 1500m run and long jump, respectively.

From the men’s track and field team, junior Brett Henshey finished with a 2.05m mark in the high jump, making him seventh-best in Division III track and field in 2021 for the high jump. The Eagles also saw season best times in the relay events with a 42.92 for the 4x100m and 3:20.86 in the 4x400m. 

In the hammer, freshman thrower Kenya Sei recorded a 51.70m throw, putting him second all-time for longest throw in school history. In the 1500m run, senior distance runner Jacob Hedgepeth finished at 3:52.72 which put him in the top ten in school history.

There are currently no meets scheduled for both the men’s or women’s track and field teams for the rest of the season.

Baseball defeats Maryville in intercollegiate season finale

Emory’s baseball team defeated Maryville College Scots (Tenn.) 6-5 on April 20. The Eagles jumped out to a big lead by the end of the second inning because two separate Eagles were hit by pitches with the bases loaded, driving two runners home. Senior infielder Caleb Shulman then drove in senior infielder Ryan Adelman with a single to center field to put the Eagles up 5-0. 

Senior pitcher Jack Moore started the game but was pulled after 3 innings pitched as he struck out six, but allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. 

Junior pitcher Joey Bock came in the game for Moore, and he held the Scots scoreless for the next four innings. Bock moved to 4-0 on the season as he picked up the win. 

Senior outfielder Michael Edelman had an RBI single in the sixth inning that drove in Adelman to put the Eagles up 6-4. The Scots scored one run in the eight inning, but failed to complete the comeback.

Edelman finished the game 2-4 with a run and RBI while Adelman went 3-3 with two runs and an RBI.

The team next plays on April 24 for an intrasquad game honoring the seniors for senior day.

Senior pitcher Jack Moore prepares to pitch against Maryville College (Tenn.) on April 20. The Eagles won the game 6-5 to finish intercollegiate competition this season. (Michael Mariam/Sports Editor)