CLAREMONT, Calif. – Opening play at the 2014 NCAA Division III Women's Singles Tennis Championships, freshman Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) made a strong first impression, winning both of her matches to advance to the quarterfinals of the 64-player tournament. She won her first match in straight sets before coming from a set down in her second match to claim a victory.
Kohrs started her day by facing the No. 8 seed in the tournament, Andrea Madrigal of the University of La Verne. Kohrs gained momentum early on, scoring a 6-1 first set win, completing the straight-set upset win with a 6-4 triumph in the second set. With the victory Kohrs earned All-America honors, the second straight season that an MIT payer has achieved that honor.
In the Round of 16, Kohrs faced Bronte Goodhu of The University of the South. Goodhu, who had also won her first match in straight sets, kept her consecutive sets streak intact, taking a 6-4 win. Kohrs did not give in, however, coming back to tie the match at a set apiece by the same 6-4 score. In the deciding third set the pair battled to a 3-3 draw after the first six games before Kohrs finished things off by winning three of the last four games to advance.
In tomorrow's quarterfinal, Kohrs will take on the tournament's top seed, Gabrielle Clark of Emory University. The two will square off at 12:00 p.m. Eastern at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on the campus of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripts Colleges.