MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Middlebury Invitational continued Saturday as Williams faced Case Western Reserve in both singles and doubles and Middlebury in singles. Overall, the Ephs went 11-5 on the day.
"Excellent camaraderie from team Purple today," said Head Coach Anik Cepeda, "Impressed with the trust this team has in each other and in the process of growth."
The day began with Williams facing Case Western in three doubles matches and the Ephs sweeping their opponents. Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio, both seniors, teamed up to secure an 8-4 win in the first match. Junior Leah Bush and sophomore Emily Zheng battled to an 8-6 victory while Korina Neveux '19 and Mia Gancayco '18 overcame their opponents 8-4.
Williams then turned to singles matches against NESCAC rival Middlebury. The Ephs went 4-2 in 6 matches. Rachel Cross, a first-year, dropped the first set 2-6 to sophomore Katherine Hughes before bouncing back 6-2, 10-5 in the next two sets to earn the hard-fought win. Chloe Henderson '20, Gancayco, and Cancio all secured wins in two sets. Bush and first-year Sasha Cayward were defeated by scores of 6-4, 6-1 and 6-3, 7-5, respectively, by Middlebury's Heather Boehm and Skylar Schossberger, both sophomores.
To finish the day the Ephs once again faced the Case Western Reserve University Spartans, this time in singles. Raventos, Henderson, Zheng, and Neveux all earned victories in two sets. Case Western's two victories came against Cayward and fellow first-year Ksoosha (xoo-sha) Ramras. After losing the first set 1-6, Ramras put up a fight in the second winning 6-1. She eventually was defeated 10-8 in the third set. This was Ramras's second loss of the day after falling 8-5 to Case Western's Nina Cepeda, a senior, in an extra singles match played earlier in the day.
Play will continue Sunday morning at 9:00 AM ET as Williams faces Middlebury in doubles. To finish off the weekend and the Fall season Williams will face Brandeis in singles beginning at 10:15. The Middlebury Invitational is designed such that each of the four participating teams faces each other in both singles and doubles.
"We're excited to continue having opportunities to play challenging matches tomorrow morning against one of our NESCAC rivals, Middlebury," said coach Cepeda.
The Ephs will see Middlebury again on April 7th at a home dual meet, the only home event of the Spring season.