Ephs Fall to CMS 5-3 in NCAA Semifinals

Juli Raventos '18
Juli Raventos '18

CLAREMONT, CA – In their 12th consecutive NCAA semifinals appearance the Williams College women's tennis opened up a 2-1 lead after doubles play. Eph head coach Anik Cepeda juggled her doubles lineup today due to some health issues on the Eph squad.

The usual #3 Eph doubles pairing of Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Kori Neveux moved up to #2 doubles and

The duo of Mia Gancayco and Chloe Henderson were inserted at #3 doubles.

A pair of 8-1 doubles wins gave Williams a 2-1 advantage over Claremont Mudd Scripps (CMS) heading into the six singles matches.

First off the doubles courts with an 8-1 win was the Eph #3 doubles team of Mia Gancayco and Chloe Henderson who downed the Athenas' Lindsay Brown and Nicole Tan.

Williams went up 2-0 when the Ephs' #1 doubles team of seniors Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio mirrored the result of the Eph #3 team, winning 8-1.

CMS claimed the last doubles point to make the score 2-1 in favor of the Ephs when their #2 doubles duo of Catherine Allen and Caroline Cox emerged victorious over the Eph pairing of Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio/Korina Neveux, 8-5 

The Ephs, however, would only win one singles match before the Athenas won four singles matches to close out Wiliams 5-3. 

Eph senior Juli Raventos posted the lone singles win on the day when she took Nicole Tan in straight sets 6-4, 6-1. After the Raventos win CMS won four straight singles to end the Ephs' season. The Athenas' Lindsay Brown defeated Rachel Cross in straight sets 6-3, 6-4 and Caroline Cox also won in straight sets over Julia Cancio 6-3, 6-2 at #6. 

Catherine Allen gave CMS their fourth point in the match when she downed Leah Bush 7-5, 6-3. Rebecca Berger won the clinching point by defeating Mia Gancayco 6-2, 6-4.

The win by the Athenas was their first ever over the Ephs in five tries in NCAA Tournament play and boosted their record on the year to 28-2, while the Ephs lost for the first time this year and finished 21-1. 

The Ephs defeated CMS 5-4 on March 24 at CMS as part of the Williams' spring break west coast trip, but today was a different story. 

"It's always tough to lose," said Eph first year head coach Anik Cepeda. "What the outsiders don't see is how much this team had to overcome to have a great season. We've taken a lot of hits and they have overcome them one after the other and I think that is what defines a season. Huge congratulations to CMS and their head coach Dave Schwartz for really bringing it today and using their home court advantage … they were just better today."

CMS 5, Williams 3

Doubles

1.  Julia Cancio/Juli Raventos (W) def. Lindsay Brown/Nicole Tan (CMS) – 8-1

2.  Catherine Allen/Caroline Cox (CMS) def. Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio/Korina Neveux (W) 8-5

3.  Mia Gancayco/Chloe Henderson (W) def. Juliette Martin/Kyla Scott (CMS) – 8-1 

Singles

1.  Juli Raventos (W) def. Nicole Tan (CMS) – 6-4, 6-1

2.  Catherine Allen (CMS) def. Rachel Cross (W)

3.  Lindsay Brown (CMS) def. Leah Bush (W)

4.  Chloe Henderson (W) vs. Kyla Scott (CMS) – 7-5, 4-5, unfinished

5.  Rebecca Berger (CMS) def. Mia Gancayco (W) – 6-2, 6-4

6.  Caroline Cox (CMS) def. Julia Cancio (W) – 6-2, 6-3

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