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September 25, 2013

Williams Women’s Tennis to Host ITA New England Regional Tournament Friday Through Sunday

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The USTA/ITA New England Regional Championships concluded today with number one seeded Amherst players winning both the singles and doubles.  Jordan Brewer came away with a victory in both, sharing the doubles championship honors with teammate Gabby Devlin.

Only players from Amherst and Williams were left today.  The pair of Brewer/Devlin defeated last year’s champions Shoemaker/Curran (WIL) 8-1.  The winning pair played on opposite sides of the court in singles, though, as both advanced to the finals. Devlin, the 8th seed in the tournament, defeated Kara Shoemaker (WIL), 3rd seed, in a close match 6-4; 6-7(5); 6-4, while Brewer, 1st seed, beat Kathleen Elkins (WIL), 6th seed, 6-2, 6-2.  Brewer ultimately won the finals 6-0, 6-3.

Full results can be found here.

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The second day of the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championships have come to a close with the competition in singles play having been distilled down to four players, while two pairs remain on the doubles side. The 1st, 3rd, 6th and 8th seeds remain alive in singles, and the top two seeds will be competing for All-American honors in doubles. 

Although seeded players occupy all spots in the singles semi-finals, the day did not pass without excitement. Maria Pylypiv was edged out of a spot the quarters, losing in lengthy 0-6; 7-6 (7-5); 6-4 match to 7th seed Joulia Likhanskaia (BOW).  Likhanskaia, though, was defeated by 1st seed Jordan Brewer (AMH), 6-0; 6-3.  Brewer will be playing Kathleen Elkins (WIL), the 6th seed in the tournament.  Elkins earned her spot in the semis after a marathon of a match against teammate Linda Shin.  The match lasted just over 3 hours, as Elkins won 6-4; 3-6; 6-1.  Kara Shoemaker (WIL), 3rd seed, and Gabby Devlin (AMH), 8th seed, round off the list of competitors for the semis.

The doubles finals will feature the top two seeds Devlin/Brewer (AMH) and Shoemaker/Curran (WIL). Shoemaker and Curran took home the gold and All-American honors last year, so we can certainly expect an exciting match. The pair defeated teammates Shin/Stone 8-3 to earn their spots in the finals. Devlin/Brewer defeated yet another Williams pair of Pylypiv/Elkins, who were seeded 4th in the draws, 8-2.

 Tomorrow the winners of both singles and doubles will be crowned.  Full results can be found here.

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After the first two rounds of doubles and singles play four out of eight of the seeded doubles pairs have advanced to the quarters and twelve out of the sixteen seeded singles players have advanced to the round of sixteen.

In singles, four seeded players were eliminated in the first day of play. The top 8 seeds remain, in addition to a few 9th seeded players.  1st seed Jordan Brewer (AMH) swept her matches and will face Riqui McCoy (WIL) in the round of 16.  Other match-ups for tomorrow include seeded players squaring off against one-another. Maria Pylypiv (WIL), seeded 9th, will play Joulia Likhans (BOW), ranked 7th; Kathleen Elkins (WIL), seeded 6th, will face off against Sue Ghosh (AMH), seeded 9th; Kara Shoemaker (WIL) , seeded 3rd, will take on 9th seed Sam Gann (TUF); Jen Newman (AMH), seeded 9th, will play Melira Ferjanic (TRIN), seeded 5thHannah Atkinson (WIL) will square off against Gabby Devlin (AMH), seeded 8th, after defeating Samantha Stalder (BOW), seeded 9th. There are sure to be some exciting matches tomorrow, with so many high quality players playing one-another.

In doubles action, half of the seeded teams remain.  Devlin/Brewer (AMH) have swiftly advanced to the quarter finals and will play the pair of Schonfeld/Calabro (TUF).  Gerger/Shackelford (MIDD), seeded 5th, will have a tough match against the pair of Pylypiv/Elkins (WIL), seeded 4th.  The final seeded team to advance in doubles play is the 2nd seeded team of Shoemaker/Curran, who will be taking on Quisenberry/Hsu (MIT). This team from MIT earned their spot in the quarters by defeating the 5th seeded team of Likhanska/Winingham (BOW) 8-1. 

Action on the court will continue tomorrow with the round of 16 in singles, and the quarter finals in doubles.

Full results can be found here.

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Again this year Williams College will be hosting the USTA/ITA Division III New England Regional Tennis Championship, only this year for the first time in more than a decade, the Ephs will be hosting the women's tournament.

"We're really excited to host this weekend and be able to showcase our tennis facility and campus," said Eph head coach Alison Swain. "With 18 out door courts we will be able to have consolation and back draw play."

The singles tournament will have 64 competitors, while the doubles event contains 32 pairings.

The tournament will be played on the Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts. Singles and doubles action begins Friday morning and the tournament will conclude with the championship rounds on Sunday.

Seventeen New England Division III schools will have singles players and/or doubles tandems competing this weekend.

If inclement weather arrives, play will move from the Hunt Tournament Courts to the Towne Field House and Lansing Chapman Rink. There is no admission fee and the public is encouraged to attend.

The number one seeded singles player in the tournament is Jordan Brewer from Amherst. #2 – Ria Gerger, Middlebury
#3 – Kara Shoemaker, Williams
#4 – Lauren Quisenberry, MIT
#5 – Melita Ferjanic, Trinity
#6 – Kathleen Elkins, Williams
#7 – Joulia Likhanskaia, Bowdoin
#8 – Gabby Devlin, Amherst

The Amherst tandem of Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin have been seeded first.
The committee decided that after the fourth seed the remaining four seeds would all be fifth seeds.
#2 – Kara Shoemaker/Rebecca Curran, Williams
#3 – Zoe Pangalos/Jen Newman, Amherst
#4 – Maria Pylypiv/Kathleen Elkins, Williams
#5 - Joulia Likhanskaia/Kate Winningham
#5 – Ria Gerger/Sadie Shackelford, Middlebury
#5 – Melita Ferjanic/Morgan Feldman, Trinity
#5 – Sam Gann/Shelci Bowman, Tufts

Draw sheets for Doubles & Singles

The singles champion and the top doubles team form the New England Region will earn the right to compete in the National Small College Championships to be held this year October 10-13 at The Three Oaks Tennis Center in Fort Myers, FL.

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