All 5 Eph teams advance to round of 16 at NEWITTs

Kara Shoemaker
Kara Shoemaker

AMHERST, MA – The conclusion of the first day of action at the NEWITT tournament saw all 5 teams advance to the round of 16.

The NEWITT is one of the oldest women's tennis tournaments in all of college tennis.  The format consists of a "mini dual match" where a team of two competes as a doubles pair and then splits off to each play a singles matches against their doubles opponents.  Doubles Matches are 8 game pro-sets with a 12pt tiebreaker played at 8-8. Singles Matches are 2 out of 3 sets with a match-tiebreaker played in place of a 3rd set.

Williams entered the weekend with 3 out of 4 teams being seeded. Williams 1, the pair of Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran, is coming off a huge victory at the USTA/ITA National Small College Doubles Championship.  After not being invited to that tournament, they became the first Ephs in program history to win the event – all in the span of 72 hours. They are seeded 2nd overall in the A draw this weekend. Williams 2 is the duo of Kathleen Elkins and Maria Pylypiv, who are seeded 3rd in the A draw. Finally, the Williams 3 pair of Linda Shin and Alex Stone is seeded 4th in the A draw.

The final Williams team features Riqui McCoy paired with Maya Hart, competing in the A draw. There is also an additional Williams/Tufts combo team of Annika Trapness and Irem Budayci from Tufts competing in the B draw.

Williams breezed through the first round, with 3 teams blanking their opponents. Williams 1, 3, and 4 all won 3-0.  Williams 3 pulled out an impressive victory, as Alex Stone won a close match 7-6(4), 7-5, 10-4.  Williams 2 won both singles matches, but lost their doubles. Finally, the Williams/Tufts combo team advanced thanks to a doubles victory and Williams’s Annika Trapness winning her singles 6-0, 6-2.  

Looking forward to tomorrow, coach Alison Swain said, “Today was a solid day of tennis. Tomorrow our matches will definitely be challenging, but we are looking forward to being pushed.” 

All 5 teams will compete in the round of 16 tomorrow to be played at Amherst and Mount Holyoke at 9am.

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