The No. 1-ranked Emory women’s tennis team will play for the NCAA Division III national championship after defeating No. 4 Middlebury 5-4 in an instant classic at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center Tuesday evening in Claremont, Calif.

The Eagles (17-4) advance to face No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, host of the event, in the title match Wednesday evening. The Athenas (29-2) reached the championship match after claiming four of five singles matches to upend Williams 5-3 in the other semifinal match on Tuesday.

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