Shoemaker-Curran capture USTA/ITA National Small College Doubles Championship
FORT MYERS, FL. -- Talk about making the most of an opportunity.
Williams College doubles partners Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran went from not being invited to the USTA/ITA Small College Championships, to becoming the first Ephs in program history to win the event all in the span of 72 hours.
The Ephs' dynamic duo, who were seeded second in the event once they replaced another pair who dropped out of the championships, followed a semifinal victory Friday with a straight set win over top seeded Sonja Meighan and Patricia Kirkland of Washington & Lee University, 7-5, 6-4, in the championship match.
"It's amazing," Ephs' head coach Alison Swain said. "It shows the strength of our team and the strength of this particular doubles team. It's also great motivation for us to continue working on doubles and take some confidence into the spring."
The Williams duo had lost to the Washington & Lee team in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Div. III Tournament last May, but exacted their revenge today at the Three Oaks Tennis Center.
"They were very excited to have a chance to play the team from Washington & Lee again," Swain said. "We talked about playing with an aggressive mentality, taking risks and taking a lot of balls at net. The girls played very confidently on the big points and I think that was the difference."
Shoemaker and Curran won also won their semifinal match in straight sets, 6-3, 6-3 over a doubles team from Pomona Pitzer. They both earned All-America status for their performance in Fort Myers.