WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – #9 Williams returned to the court Saturday morning after losing two difficult matches versus conference rivals #4 Middlebury and #8 Wesleyan. The team bounced back strongly, winning all 9 matches played in its contest against Stevens (6-11; ECAC 4-0).
Alex Taylor '20 and Brian Grodecki retained a perfect doubles record together, winning their 11th straight match 8-2. Following their lead, the other two doubles teams came out victorious in their matches as well. Benjamin Lebowitz '20 and Sachin Raghavan '18 won their match decisively with a score of 8-1, while Jordan Sadowsky '18 and Rohan Shastri '17 were forced to win an extra 9th game to seal their victory 9-7.
Every player in the singles portion of the match also played doubles for the Ephs, so winning all three matches beforehand was crucial for their momentum in the second leg. The Ephs won every match in two sets, most of which were relatively straightforward. In fact, only the first set of Shastri's match against Danny Polk went past 9 games. The 7-5 win gave the senior all the momentum moving forward, which he translated into a clinical 6-2 second set victory.
Suffice to say, head coach Dan Greenberg was pleased with the result. "It was a good day for us. Everyone played their game and trusted the things we worked on this week and it paid off."
He and his squad (9-4; NESCAC 1-2) will now turn their attention to Sunday's opponent, the Tufts Jumbos (5-5; NESCAC 2-3). The team only has 5 more regular season matches, all of whom are conference opponents, so every match from this point on will be crucial for Williams' final standing heading into the postseason. The match will take place at 1:00 PM in Medford, MA.
Williams 9, Stevens 0
Rohan Shastri (W) def. Danny Polk (S) – 7-5, 6-2
Brian Grodecki (W) def. Kyle Henry (S) – 6-0, 6-0
Sachin Raghavan (W) def. Will Persson (S) – 6-2, 6-2
Alex Taylor (W) def. Michael Feldman (S) – 6-1, 6-2
Jordan Sadowsky (W) def. David Schulz (S) – 6-3, 6-2
Benjamin Lebowitz (W) def. Divin Sarthak (S) – 6-3. 6-0