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September 15, 2013

Ephs start out the season strong in Morehouse Invitational

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Lindsay Morehouse Invitational came to a close today, marking the end of the kick-off weekend for women's tennis. After two rounds of singles and one round of doubles yesterday, two rounds of doubles and one of singles were played today. Matches today were typically more challenging as players were paired up based on their results from Saturday.

All players from Williams, Middlebury, Vassar, Bowdoin and Skidmore had the opportunity to compete this weekend in the Invitational. No championship winner is crowned at the end of the weekend, but it nonetheless provides a peak into what may be in store for the season to come.  For Williams, the outlook is promising as the team is coming off their 6th consecutive NCAA Championship title and looking to keep the momentum going. 

Although only the first weekend of competition, the team is certainly off to a good start as Riqui McCoy, Maria Pylypiv, Hannah Atikinson, Linda Shin, Rebecca Curran, and Alex Stone all went undefeated in the singles draws.  Pairs of Curran/Shoemaker, Pylypiv/Elkins, and Atkinson/McCoy also went undefeated in doubles. As a team, this culminated a record of 7-3 in doubles play and 8-1 in singles.

Showing heart throughout the weekend, the Ephs were able to pull off wins in close matches. Pylypiv and Curran each won in 3 sets in singles today, and Curran/Shoemaker won 8-6 in a doubles match against Bowdoin.

Looking ahead to the rest of the fall season, Coach Alison Swain praised the cohesion of the team, especially given how early it is in the season, "Our team chemistry has come together really early on this fall. I think our positivity, work ethic and focus as a team is in a very strong place and that will help us improve as a group throughout the fall season."

The fall season continues next weekend, as the Ephs take on Little 3 and conference opponent Wesleyan.

Full results can be found here.

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