MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Fall season came to a close for the Williams College Women's Tennis team on Sunday as play concluded at the Middlebury Invitational. A three day Inviate, the Middlebury Invitational was structured as hidden duals with each of four teams playing each other in both doubles and singles. The final day featured doubles matches against Middlebury and singles against Brandeis for Williams. Overall, the Ephs went 5-3 on the day. This marked the conclusion of the Fall portion of the season.
Play began with three doubles matches between Williams and Middlebury, with Middlebury taking two of three. Chloe Henderson '20 and Rachel Cross '21 fell to Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger 8-5 as junior Leah Bush and sophomore Emily Zheng battled into tiebreakers before falling 9-8(6) to Heather Boehm and Molly Paradies. Senior Julia Cancio paired up with first-year Sasha Cayward for the only win against Middlebury, a 9-8(5) victory.
The Ephs bounced back by sweeping Brandeis in four singles matches. Senior Juli Raventos got things started with a 6-1, 6-1 victory. Cross followed with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep of her opponent. Wins from senior Mia Gancayco and junior Korina Neveux 6-0, 6-1 and 6-1, 6-2, respectively, rounded out the four match sweep. In an extra singles match played earlier in the day, Neveux was defeated by Case Western Reserve's Katrin Gurvich.
Williams finished the weekend with a 19-8 record overall. NESCAC rival Middlebury and host of the Invitational finished 17-8. Case Western University finished 15-13 and Brandeis 1-23.
"This weekend was an excellent example of our willingness to do hard things and step up regardless of who we are up against," said Head Coach Anik Cepeda, "This team loves a battle and it showed at Midd. It felt good to leave the bubble and conncect meaningfully on and off the court."
This marks the conclusion of the Fall season that featured three tournaments and one dual meet against Amherst which Williams won 7-2. The season began with the three-day Lindsay Morehouse Invite, hosted by Williams College. Though a champion is not crowned at the Morehouse Invite, the Ephs had a successful weekend going 36-5 overall. The Ephs also saw success at the Oracle ITA New England Regional Women's Tennis Championship. Raventos and Bush both made it to the singles semifinals and Raventos paired up with Cancio in the doubles finals though players from Wesleyan ultimately took the titles in both brackets.
Play will resume on March 23rd, 2018 in Claremont, California against Chicago and the Ephs will play Claremont-M-S the following day. The Ephs return home on the 7th of April to face Middlebury before going on the road for the remainder of the schedule.
"The offseason will be up to the team," said Cepeda, "This group cares a lot about one another and about their individual growth as people and players. My hope for the spring is that we stay healthy over the next three months and find another level of excitement and discipline to team values."