Ephs Open Season at Lindsay Morehouse Invitational - Day 1

Leah Bush '19
Leah Bush '19

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Fall Season kicked off for women's tennis on Friday afternoon with day one of the annual Lindsay Morehouse Invitational, a 3-day tournament set to span the weekend. Competing alongside the Ephs are Middlebury, Skidmore, and Wellesley. 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.

Action began at 5:00 PM Friday with Williams squaring off against teams from Middlebury and Skidmore in doubles. Middlebury swept the day in two matches as sophomore duo Maddi Stow and Catherin Blayze overcame senior/first-year team Juli Raventos '18 and Sasha Cayward '21, 8-6. Julia Cancio '18 and Emily Zheng '20 fell by a score of 8-4 to Middlebury's Katherin Hughes and Skylar Schossberger.

Williams was able to bounce back against Skidmore, sweeping 3 doubles matches. Chloe Henderson '20 and Rachel Cross '21 won by a score of 8-3 while Korina Neveux '19 and Mia Gancayco '18 dispatched their opponents 8-2. Leah Bush '19 and first-year Ksoosha (xoo-sha) Ramras '21 downed junior/sophomore duo Laura Swenson and Jessica Ampel by a score of 8-4 to finish day one.

"Starting the Invitational with doubles was an excellent opportunity for us to kick off some rust and nerves," said Head Coach Anik Cepeda, in her first year as Head Coach at Williams. "I was impressed with how the freshmen carried themselves on the court tonight and I'm excited to see how we compete tomorrow!" Overall, first-years went 2-1 in matches they were involved in.

As of last year, the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational features a new, more team-oriented format. The tournament is still based on individual match play and encourages participation to kick off the start of a new season. However, now each school plays their rounds of singles and doubles in the tournament in unison against an opponent so that all players from a school can be competing at the same time on adjacent courts.

Though there is a victor in each match, no tournament champion will be crowned at the end of the weekend. Instead, the Morehouse Invite will continue to highlight every player on a team's roster and celebrate participation at the start of a new season. Additionally, Williams College presents the Lindsay Morehouse Award each year at the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational to acknowledge "a senior player who represents the ideals of sportsmanship, friendliness, character, fair play, and hard work that Lindsay represented."

The Invitational will last through Sunday. Next weekend, the Ephs will face off against rival Amherst on Saturday, September 23rd at 1:00 PM at home. The ITA's and Middlebury Invite wrap up the Fall portion of the season in subsequent weeks. 

 

 

Complete Results – Lindsay Morehouse Invitational Day 1:

Williams vs Middlebury (Doubles) 

 Williams                                                                            Middlebury                                                                  Winner

Raventos / Cayward 

Blazye / Stow 

MIDD, 8-6

Cancio / Zheng 

Hughes / Schossberger 

MIDD, 8-4

 

 Williams vs Skidmore (Doubles)

 Williams                                                                      Skidmore                                                                          Winner

Henderson / Cross 

Wiggins / Fuca 

WILL, 8-3

Neveux / Gancayco 

Goldberg / Fukushige 

WILL, 8-2

Bush / Ramras 

Ampel / Swenson 

WILL, 8-4

 

Skidmore vs. Middlebury (Doubles)

Skidmore                                                                           Middlebury                                                             Winner

Karchere-Sun / Ahn

Boehm / Paradies

MIDD, 8-1

Meno / Tsai

Bian / Skelly

MIDD, 9-7

 

 

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