WILLIAMSTOWN, MA––Williams hosted NESCAC rivals Wesleyan and Tufts for the first dual matches of the fall season. The Ephs won both of their matches 8-1.
Williams won all of their singles matches, with each of their loses coming during doubles competition. Tufts number one double team of Lindsay Katz and Shelci Bowman defeated Kara Shoemaker and Nancy Worley 9-8, while Cardinals Grace Smith and Lauren Jacobs beat Lindsay Thygesen and Kara Shoemaker 8-6.
Head Coach Alison Swain said that the team was adjusting to "a lot of new partnerships and in doubles," but was happy with how things worked out, saying "we played smart and confident."
The Ephs strong play built upon last weekend's showing at the Lindsay Morehouse Memorial Tournament hosted at Williams. Junior Nancy Worley and sophomore Kara Shoemaker, who both were undefeated last weekend, won their singles matches. Senior Kristin Alotta and Caroline Capute also improved their personal records winning their singles and doubles matches.
Swain was pleased with her teams efforts, saying "I'm excited about where the team is at right now and am looking forward to continued improvement throughout the year."
Williams travels to rival Amherst next weekend. The match is set to begin at 1pm.
Williams v. Tufts
1) Katz/Bowman (T) def. Shoemaker/Worley (W) 9-8 (0)
2) Elkins/Capute (W) def. Hollander/Gann (T) 8-4
3) Curran/Alotta (W) def. Lam/Kimmel (T) 8-1
1) Nancy Worley (W) def. Lindsay Katz (T) 6-1, 6-4
2) Kara Shoemaker (W) def. Shelci Bowman (T) 6-0, 6-2
3) Kristin Alotta (W) def. Lauren Hollander (T) 6-2, 7-5
4) Kathleen Elkins (W) def. Sam Gann (T) 6-1, 7-5
5) Rebecca Curran (W) def. Janice Lam (T) 6-2, 6-4
Williams v. Wesleyan
1) Alotta/Elkins (Wms) def. Miller/Robbins (Wes) 8-1
2) Smith/Jacobs (Wes) def. Thygesen/Shoemaker (Wms) 8-6
3) Pylypiv/Pastor (Wms) def. Clark/Beakman (Wms) 8-1
1) Nancy Worley (Wms) def. Grace Smith (Wes) 6-1, 6-0
2) Kristin Alotta (Wms) def. Sarah Miller (Wes) 6-1, 6-0
3) Caroline Capute (Wms) def. Kiley Robbins (Wes) 6-1, 6-0
4) Maria Pylypiv (Wms) def. Lauren Jacobs (Wes) 6-0, 6-4
5) Monica Pastor (Wms) def. Kaitlyn Clark (Wes) 6-1, 6-4
6) Lindsay Thygesen (Wms) def. Hannah Berkman (Wes) 6-4, 6-0