LI KAM WA FALLS IN ITA QUARTERS
SEWANEE, TN- Deena Li Kam Wa dropped a three set match to eventual finalist Melissa Goodman of Emory 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the ITA quarterfinals hosted by Sewanee this weekend.
It was one of the best matches of the weekend, going almost three hours long. In the final set, Li Kam Wa battled cramps and dehydration as the pair entered the tie-breaker.
Without much mobility, Li Kam Wa played outstanding, ripping down the line winners to find herself with a match point up 6-5. After a 25 shot rally, Goodman retrieved a drop shot which was not returned by the Major. It was a great effort and the best result in the ITA by a Millsaps player in over a decade.
Li Kam Wa defeated Jahaun Freeman-Clark of Oglethorpe 7-5, 6-0 and Brenna Kelley of Emory 6-2, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals where the matchup with Goodman awaited.
Elsewhere in the ITAs, Callie Creekmore defeated Madi Hyatt of Covenant 6-2, 6-2 before falling to Danielle Truitt of Emory in a three-hour, three-set marathon: 4-6, 6-3, 6-1,.
In the Atlantic draw, Laura Kebert made a run into the semifinals. Kebert defeated Claire Luger of Covenant, 6-3, 6-2. The senior then took on Heidi Seabaugh of Berry College and defeated her in comeback fashion 2-6, 6-4, 11-9. Kebert's run ended against Claire Rinaldo of Agnes Scott, also falling in three sets: 6-3,4-6,10-3.
In the doubles portion of the ITAs, the team of Li Kam Wa and Creekmore defeated the Sewanee double's team of Johnston/Parker 8-3. That put them on a collision course with Harris/DeMeo of Emory. Li Kam Wa and Creekmore fell 8-2, ending their run.
The ITAs close out the Majors' fall season. The spring season begins on February 12th against Tougaloo College.