For the first time in 31 years a Sweet Briar College tennis doubles pair is headed to the NCAA Division III Women’s Championships, as sophomore Ruth de Souza and Allison Wandling earned a spot in the doubles championships in Chattanooga, Tenn.
Allison and Ruth posted a 21-1 overall doubles record in 2021, with a 19-1 mark against NCAA Division III opponents. Three of the Vixens’ top doubles pairs victories came against teams ranked at the end of the season in the Atlantic South regional rankings (Christopher Newport and Washington and Lee).
Sweet Briar last competed in the doubles championships in 1990, when Traci Allen and Hilary Larson fell 6-1, 6-3 to a doubles pair from UC San Diego. More recently, Sweet Briar’s Ariel Taylor competed in the singles bracket dropping a 6-0, 6-3 match to Amherst in 2011.
The individual championships will be held May 28-30 at the Champions Tennis Club in Chattanooga, hosted by the University of the South and the Chattanooga Sports Commission.
The NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Committee selected a percentage of singles players and doubles teams from each of the four regions. The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams. The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on won-lost record, strength of schedule and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.
Brackets for the individual championships will be released at a later date.
Originally published by vixenathletics.com.