WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. —Williams (16-4) faced off against Wilkes (24-1) in the second round NCAA Tournament match played on home courts this morning. The Ephs won all three sets of doubles and went on to secure two wins at singles, closing the Colonels out 5-0.
This loss marks the end of an undefeated season for Wilkes. The team went into the match with a 24-0 record and the honor of having the most wins for a single season in their program history.
With the morning's win, the #4 ranked Ephs will be moving on to the NCAA Regional Finals, where they will be competing against the winner of today's 1:00pm Mary Washington and Carnegie Mellon match tomorrow at 10:00am.
Williams opened the match with definitive wins at all three sets of doubles. At number one, junior Juli Raventos and senior Linda Shin posted an 8 to 1 win against the Wilkes duo of sophomore Jordan Vasarkovy and senior Kendra Croker. Though Williams held a comfortable lead throughout, the Colonels were able to take advantage of a number of foul serves in the seventh game to get their win.
The number three doubles competition had the same final score, with Wilkes seniors Taylor Hoffman and Madison Salmon posting a single win against junior Julia Cancio and first-year Emily Zheng during the fourth game.
The one doubles pairing to completely sweep the board was Williams number two. First-year Chloe Henderson and senior Hannah Atkinson posted a perfect 8-0 set against the pair of first-years, Francesca Varela-Seri and Dana Saliyev from Wilkes.
The first sets of singles turned out similar results, with the Ephs taking the win at all six courts.The number one position was a tight match, however, ending with a score of 6-3. Vasarkovy of Wilkes held firmly against Williams' Raventos, never letting her opponent win more than two games in a row. When Vasarkovy took the seventh game, the score was brought to a close 3-4. Raventos did not let this go any farther, though, and took the set after winning games eight and nine.
The match closed when Williams numbers three and five singles won their second sets. Cancio bested Hoffman 6-1 on court #5 following a 6-0 defeat in the first set, earning the fourth win for the Ephs. The final match point came when Atkinson won her second set against Varela-Seri on the third court, having taken every one of the 12 games.