|WELLESLEY, MA -- The Williams women's tennis team returned from a day trip to Wellesley, MA with two more dual match wins under their belt, thanks to strong performances against Wellesley College and Babson College.
The Ephs started with Wellesley, and took a 2-1 lead out of the doubles session thanks to their numbers two and three teams. Hannah Atkinson and Riqui McCoy earned an impressive 8-1 win at number two, while Linda Shin and Alex Stone had to work hard for an 8-4 win at three. Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran lost their pro-set in a tiebreak.
Williams turned in strong singles performances to wrap up the match, especially at the bottom of the lineup, where Alex Stone and Riqui McCoy earned identical 6-1, 6-0 wins at number five and six. Maria Pylypiv and Linda Shin each were pushed at numbers two and three, Pylypiv winning 6-1, 7-5 and Shin taking her match 6-4, 6-4.
Up next for the Ephs was Babson, and the Ephs seemed more warmed up than tired from their earlier match, jumping out to a 3-0 lead in doubles. The top team of Shoemaker and Curran won 8-2 this time, while the first year pair of Shin and Stone blanked their opponents 8-0.
Riqui McCoy and Hannah Atkinson rounded out the session with an 8-4 win.
Williams cruised in singles play again, winning each match in straight sets. Kara Shoemaker replaced Rebecca Curran at the top of the lineup and earned a 6-0, 6-4 win. Alex Stone was again impressive with a 6-0, 6-2 win at number six.
"I was most impressed with how our team energy progressed throughout the day," commented head coach Alison Swain. "Doubleheaders are always tough, and we remained positive, focused, and had fun competing as a team today.
Williams will host Regional ITA's on their home courts next weekend.
WILLIAMS 7 - WELLESLEY 2
1. Sojung Lee (WEL) def. Rebecca Curran (WIL) 3-6, 6-4, 10-6
|2. Maria Pylypiv (WIL) def. Carina Chen (WEL) 6-1, 7-5|
|3. Linda Shin (WIL) def. Andjela Stojkovic (WEL) 6-4, 6-4|
|4. Hannah Atkinson (WIL) def. Lina Ye (WEL) 6-2, 6-1|
|5. Riqui McCoy (WIL) def. Kendall Tada (WEL) 6-1, 6-0|
6. Alex Stone (WIL) def. Samantha Stone (WEL) 6-1, 6-0
WILLIAMS 9 - BABSON 0
1. Shoemaker (W) def Freeman (B) 6-0, 6-4
2. Pylypiv (W) def Weick (B) 6-2, 6-1
3. Shin (W) def Whitaker (B) 6-2, 6-3
4. Atkinson (W) def Ferraro (B) 6-3, 6-1
5. McCoy (W) def Paolino (B) 6-3, 6-2
6. Stone (W) def Calmas (B) 6-0, 6-2
1. Shoemaker/Curran (W) def Freeman/Weick (B) 8-2
2. McCoy/Atkinson (W) def Whitaker/Ferraro (B) 8-0
3. Shin/Stone (W) def Paolino/Fischer (B) 8-4