WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College hosted Bowdoin, Middlebury, Skidmore and Vassar today in the two-day Lindsay Morehouse'00 Invitational. The tournament is named in honor of former Eph tennis captain and standout Lindsay Morehouse'00, one of three Williams alumni/ae who died in New York City in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
The Morehouse Invitational is a two-day flighted round robin event in both singles and doubles. The draw is set up as a round robin where the winners of each round are fed into play winners, and the losers of each round are fed into play other losers.
Today, one round of doubles was played, followed by two rounds of singles. Kathleen Elkins and Kara Shoemaker both won their first singles matches 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively. Shoemaker went on to win her second match 6-1, 6-1, landing her in the championship game against Ria Gerger of Middlebury.
Overall the Ephs fashioned a record of 16-2 in singles play. As a team, the Ephs went undefeated on the day in doubles matches.
All of the Williams' freshmen posted their first wins as Ephs today.
The Morehouse Invite though, is a unique kick-off to the season, with no overall tournament winner crowned at the end. "Instead the goal is to celebrate the start of a new season of tennis and allow all players to get in multiple match plays and allow all the teams to bring their entire rosters to compete", explains Coach Alison Swain.
Tomorrow, there will be one round of singles followed by two rounds of doubles to complete the tournament.
Complete results can be found here.