SAN DIEGO, CA – The Ephs (8-0) continued their successful spring on Wednesday, defeating San Diego Christian College (7-6) by a score of 8-1. They will wrap up their California trip with a match against Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 3:00 PM EDT before returning to Williamstown for their first home match on April 7th.
Two doubles matches and five singles matches were played on the day, with San Diego forfeiting two due to injury.
"Today was about staying adaptable and managing our own energy levels on court," said Ephs head coach Anik Cepeda, "We'll need to up it for Pomona."
In doubles, seniors Mia Gancayco and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio paired up against Hawks Sarah Schaerer and Aleksandra Emelianova for an 8-4 victory while the team of Korina Neveux '19 and Emily Zheng '20 earned an 8-2 win over Miriam Boeta and Paula Vazquez.
With the Ephs up 3-0, play shifted to singles. Juli Raventos '18 saw her first match action of the day with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Schaerer. Then, the Hawks bounced back against sophomore Chloe Henderson as San Diego's Sarah Urbanek battled through three sets for the 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 victory. After winning the first set in the third singles match 6-3, Gancayco dropped the second 4-6. She redoubled her efforts to win the third set 10-6, a victory that caught the attention of coach Cepeda.
"Shout out to Mia for amping up her enthusiasm for her third set tie break," she said.
Emily Zheng and Giulia McDonnel Nieto del Rio each advanced to 2-0 on the day with singles wins of their own, rounding out the match and the Ephs' 8-1 victory.
The Pomona-Pitzer Sagehen team will enter Friday's matchup with Williams with a 7-3 record, coming off a 9-0 sweep over Cal-Lutheran on March 24th.
|Williams||San Diego Christian College||Winner||Score|
|Mia Gancayco||Sarah Schaerer||Williams||8-4.|
|Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio||Aleksandra Emelianova|
|Korina Neveux||Miriam Boeta||Williams||8-2.|
|Emily Zheng||Paula Vazquez|
|Juli Raventos||Sarah Schaerer||Williams||6-2, 6-3|
|Chloe Henderson||Sarah Urbanek||SDCC||6-3, 3-6, 10-7|
|Mia Gancayco||Aleksandra Emilianova||Williams||6-3, 4-6, 10-6|
|Emily Zheng||Miriam Boeta||Williams||6-0, 4-1|
|Giulia McDonnel Nieto del Rio||Paula Vazquez||Williams||6-0, 3-2|