Foresters Roll at Cornell, Fall at Grinnell

Photo by Emily Baer
Photo by Emily Baer

Junior Emma Wang's school record singles winning streak finally came to an end Saturday as Lake Forest prevailed 9-0 at Cornell College before dropping a 6-3 decision at Grinnell College.

Wang won her final two singles matches as a freshman in 2017-18 and finished her sophomore season with a perfect record of 24-0. Her 6-3, 6-0 triumph at #3 at Cornell on Saturday was her fifth win of the season and extended the streak to 31. She was defeated 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 by Grinnell's #4 player, however, to end the longest run in team history by 13 matches.

Lake Forest began the day in dominating fashion, blanking each of Cornell's doubles teams 8-0.

Wang was the first to finish in singles and fellow junior Grace Gould followed at #6, taking both sets 6-1. Sophomore Tebatso Duba rolled to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at #2 and junior Julie Lord prevailed 6-2, 6-1 at the top of the lineup. Freshman Natalia Leite came out on top 6-3, 6-1 at #5 and junior Tyranny Miller closed out the contest with a 6-2, 6-4 win at #4.

The Foresters took the early lead at Grinnell with an 8-3 victory by Lord and senior Leeza Bodnar at #1 doubles while Wang and Gould doubled up their counterparts at #3 8-4.

The Pioneers avoided the sweep with a win at #2 doubles and then clinched the match by earning the points at each of the top five positions in the singles lineup. The visitors' only other victory came at #6, where Leite prevailed 7-5 in the first set and 6-0 in the second.

Lake Forest is now 7-1 overall this season and 4-1 in Midwest Conference play. Cornell fell to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the league while Grinnell remained perfect on the year at 5-0, both overall and in conference play.