Ephs' Third Win of the Year Over Amherst Boosts Them Into NCAA Semifinals

Julia Cancio '18/Matthew Fenton
Julia Cancio '18/Matthew Fenton

CLAREMONT, CA – Befitting a match-up of archrivals the Ephs of Williams and the Mammoths of Amherst squared off in the NCAA Quarterfinals and the action at #2 and #3 doubles that was ferocious after the Ephs had claimed a convincing result at #1 doubles, 8-1.

The Eph top tandem of Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio won quickly 8-1 over Anya Iventitsky and Avery Wagman and put the Ephs up 1-0.

The Ephs went on to sweep the doubles but the contests at #2 and #3 were hotly contest. The Ephs' second doubles team of Chloe Henderson and Rachel Cross outlasted Kelsey Chen and Vickie Ip, 9-7. 

Third doubles went to a tiebreaker that Williams won 9-8 (7-1) with Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Korina Neveux notching the Ephs' third point in the match. 

Needing just two singles points to up their season record to 21-0 on the year senior Julia

Cancio was the first off the singles court with a win. Cancio won in straight sets over Maddie Dewire, 6-2, 6-0 at #5 singles.

Amherst got on the board when Kelsey Chen defeated Chloe Henderson in straight sets at number three, 6-2, 6-2.

Eph junior Korina Neveux recorded a win at number six over Avery Wagman 6-3, 7-5 to clinch the match and punch the Ephs' ticket into the semifinals. Eight-ranked Amherst finished the year at 12-10.

The Ephs will face host CMS (27-2) tomorrow in the semifinal round beginning at 3:00 PM PST.

The win over Amherst was the third win of the Ephs over their archrivals an extended the Eph win streak over the Mammoths to 11 and improved their all-time lead in the series to 42-39.

Williams now owns a 5-3 record versus Amherst in the NCAA Tournament.

Doubles

  1. Julia Cancio/Juli Raventos (W) def. Anya Ivenitsky/Avery Wagman (A) – 8-1
  2. Rachel Cross/Chloe Henderson (W) def. Kelsey Chen/Vickie Ip (A) – 9-7
  3. Giulia McDonnel Nieto del Rio/Korina Neveux (W) def. Maddie Dewire/Camille Smukler 9-8 (7-1)

Singles

  1. Camille Smukler (A) vs. Juli Raventos (W) 3-6, 3-5, unfinished
  2. Leah Bush (W) vs. Vickie Ip 6-4, 2-5, unfinished
  3. Kelsey Chen (A) def. Chloe Henderson 6-2, 6-2
  4. Mia Gancayco (W) vs. Anya Ivenitsky (A) 6-1, 5-2, unfinished
  5. Julia Cancio (W) def. Maddie Dewire (A) 6-2, 6-0
  6. Korina Neveux (W) def. Avery Wagman (A) 6-3, 7-5
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