Lawless and Roberg Lose Heartbreaker in Semis of ITA Nationals

News Release Date:
Friday, October 12, 2012

Courtney Lawless (serving) and Alyssa Roberg (at net) will play for 3rd place this afternoon

Alyssa Roberg (Sr., Santa Cruz, CA) and Courtney Lawless' (So, Austin, TX) magical run at the ITA Fall National tournament came to an end Friday morning, as they fell victim to Meghan Buell and Claire Cahill of Washington and Lee in the national semis.

After the two teams started the match with nine consecutive breaks of serve, Roberg and Lawless finally managed to hold serving at 5-4 to win the set thanks to a phenomenal stretch volley from Courtney Lawless. The Generals responded immediately, however, getting their first hold to start the second set, and breaking again for a 2-0 lead. The two teams traded holds the next four games to make it 4-2 Washington and Lee before Buell and Cahill broke again to make it 5-2. Roberg and Lawless managed to get one break back to make it 5-4 W&L, but Cahill managed to hold there to win the set.

With the match tied at a set a piece, the semifinal was decided in a 10-point tiebreaker. The two teams traded the first two points, but Buell and Cahill appeared to seal the victory by reeling off six straight points to take a 7-1 lead. Two points later, Roberg put a charge into the Whitman crowd with a monstrous backhand to make it 7-3, but Washington and Lee won the next point to make it 8-3, appearing to put the match out of reach once more. The Missionaries came roaring back, however, winning five straight points punctuated by a gargantuan forehand to knot the tiebreaker at 8-8. Unfortunately, that was the last point Whitman would win, as the Generals won the last to points to take the tiebreaker and the match, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8.

The victory advance Washington and Lee to the finals, but the tournament is not over for Whitman's dynamic duo. They are scheduled to play again in the 3rd place match in one hour (2:30 Western Time). Check back later for more scores.

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