Former University of Tennessee at Chattanooga women’s tennis student-athlete Emily Hangstefer (’12) took home a Gold Medal in doubles at the Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria this week. She also scored a Silver Medal in the mixed doubles, teaming with her brother, Daniel.
On Friday, Hangstefer and teammate Laura Chapman won the first gold for the U.S. tennis team since 1997. They took down the top-seeded Chinese Taipei tandem of Chiu-Mei and Hsiu-Hsiang in straight sets (6-4, 6-1).
After jumping out to a 3-0 lead, Hangstefer and Chapman let the Chinese Taipei team back in the match at 4-4. Hangstefer and Chapman won the next two games to take the first set. They jumped out to a 4-0 leading the second set before winning 6-1.
The Hangstefer siblings lost the mixed doubles championship match to Germany (6-3, 6-3) on Saturday. Both sets were close, with the Hangstefers pulling to 4-3 in each frame. However, the top-seeded duo of Heike Albrect and Urs Breitenberger closed out both for the win.
Older sister and former UTC women’s tennis student-athlete Katie Hangstefer Mancebo was the coach of the U.S. team at the Deaflympics.