WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In the second match of the Williams College Ephs' weekend, they were put up against the Colby College Mules (10-7: NESCAC 2-5). Learning from the day before, when Williams fell against #4 Bowdoin, the team was able to deliver a convincing 7-2 victory.
Alex Taylor '20 and Brian Grodecki '18 returned to form against Vlad Murad and Scott Altmeyer, winning 8-3. They had lost the previous day against Bowdoin after winning 14 straight matches. Meanwhile, Benjamin Lebowitz '20 and Sachin Raghavan '18 won their match 8-5. Williams could not close out the doubles sweep, though, as Jordan Sadowsky '18 and Rohan Shastri '17 lost 9-7. However, the team still had a 1-match advantage going into singles that has proved valuable to them in the past.
Today, though, the Ephs didn't need it. The team won 5 of 6 singles matches, with every victory coming in only two sets. The match was also notable because 3 first-year players were included in the lineup for the Ephs, and each secured a victory. Alex Taylor has been a staple in the lineup since the first match, and Ananth Raghavan and Benjamin Lebowitz have had experience in matches before, but head coach Dan Greenberg had not started all of them in the same match until today.
"We weren't the sharpest after such a tough match yesterday, but we got the job done," he said. "The rookies were solid and are gaining confidence. Now we can rest and get ready for Amherst next Saturday."
As Greenberg said, the Ephs (11-5; NESCAC 3-3) will play away next weekend against Amherst Saturday and then come home against Trinity Sunday, closing out the regular season. The following weekend is the NESCAC tournament, which will be crucial to determining whether the Ephs have a chance at the national championship or not. The next two conference matchups could weigh heavily on the team's seeding heading into the tournament.
Williams 7, Colby 2
Vlad Murad (C) def. Rohan Shastri (W) – 7-6, 6-0
Brian Grodecki (W) def. Scott Altmeyer (C) – 6-1, 7-6
Sachin Raghavan (W) def. Shaw Speer (C) – 6-0, 6-2
Alex Taylor (W) def. Cam Hillier (C) – 6-3, 6-0
Ananth Raghavan (W) def. Jeremy Mendoza (C) – 6-0, 6-1
Benjamin Lebowitz (W) def. Luis Gonzales Kompalic (C) – 6-1, 6-4