Saratoga, NY – The Williams College women's tennis team opened their 2013 spring campaign with a commanding 9-0 win over non-conference opponent Skidmore College Sunday afternoon. The Ephs now hold an unblemished 5-0 record for the year, having defeated Amherst, Wesleyan, Wellesley and Babson in the fall season.
Williams got off to a solid start, claiming all three doubles points. Freshman Hannah Atkinson and junior Monica Pastor collected the first point with an efficient 8-1 win at the number three position. Senior Kathleen Elkins and junior Maria Pylypiv followed suit, winning at the number two position, 8-4. Senior Kara Shoemaker and junior Rebecca Curran rounded things out with an 8-5 win in the top position. The sophomore tandem of Maya Hart and Alex Stone cruised to an 8-1 victory in the exhibition doubles match.
The Ephs carried their momentum into singles play, earning commanding wins in each line of singles. Shoemaker was the first to come off the court, and Pylypiv was not far behind to clinch the match. Shoemaker defeated Lee Ford 6-1, 6-2 at #1 singles and Pylypiv took down Monique Carlson at #4, 6-3, 6-0. Elkins was the next to come off and did not drop a game against opponent Melissa Hirsch.
Freshman Linda Shin strung together two impressive sets at #3 to defeat Madie Benn. Curran and Atkinson sealed the 9-0 victory for the Ephs. Curran dropped just two games in route to a 6-1, 6-1 win at #5, while Atkinson put together a flawless 6-0 first set before closing out her opponent 6-4 in the second.
Head coach Alison Swain was pleased with her team's performance in their opening match: "I think we are starting off at a really strong place competitively. Our senior captains have really led the way in striving for reaching the next level in our games, and that showed today on the court."
The Ephs will have a two-week hiatus before their next match. Coach Swain and the team look forward to taking advantage of the time to continue improving and working towards team goals. Swain stated, "Playing a match before spring break has really become key for us. The Skidmore match showed us some specific skills to focus on with each individual player, so we'll start to individualize practice a little more in the next two weeks before heading to California."
They will face Division II opponent Azuza Pacific in the first of six matches to be played in in California over their two-week spring break tour out West. The match is set for March 24 at 4:30pm.
Kara Shoemaker/Rebecca Curran (WMS) def. Lee Ford/Madie Benn (S) -- 8-5
Kathleen Elkins/Maria Pylypiv (WMS) def. Alex Smith/Rachel Plevinsky (S) -- 8-4
Hannah Atkinson/Monica Pastor (WMS) def. Zoe Valella/Melissa Hirsch (S) -- 8-1
Kara Shoemaker (WMS) def. Lee Ford (S) -- 6-1, 6-2
Kathleen Elkins (WMS) def. Melissa Hirsch (S) -- 6-0, 6-0
Linda Shin (WMS) def. Madie Benn (S) -- 6-2, 6-2
Maria Pylypiv (WMS) def. Monique Carlson (S) -- 6-3, 6-0
Rebecca Curran (WMS) def. Robyn Baird (S) -- 6-1, 6-1
Hannah Atkinson (WMS) def. Caroline Hobbs (S) -- 6-0, 6-4
Alex Stone/Maya Hart (WMS) def. Robyn Baird/Yumi Karlshoej (S) -- 8-1
Monica Pastor (WMS) def. Zoe Valella (S) -- 8-5
Alex Stone (WMS) def. Rachel Plevinsky (S) -- 8-2
Yumi Karlshoej (S) def. Annika Trapness (WMS) -- 8-7(3)