CLAREMONT, CA – On the final day of the NCAA DIII Women's Tennis Championships Eph senior captain Juli Raventos lost in the singles semifinals to now four-time NCAA champion Eudice Chong from Wesleyan.
Chong won in straight set 6-1, 6-1. Raventos is the only DIII player to have defeated Chong in her storied career at Wesleyan in singles play.
There was no rest for Raventos this day, as she had to next play in the doubles semifinals with senior captain Julia Cancio against the Amherst pairing of Anya Ivenitsky and Avery Wagman.
Raventos and Cancio had defeated Ivenitsky/Wagman in the NCAA Quarterfinals team match played at Claremont Mudd Scripps on the first day of play in the NCAA Quarterfinals, 8-1.
Today the Ephs #1 duo topped the Amherst tandem 6-2, 6-0 to advance to the championship match, where they faced Wesleyan's top duo and the #1 seeded pairing, Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu.
Raventos and Cancio entered the match vs. Chong and Yu undefeated this spring and sporting a 32-2 record from the fall through the spring.
In the regular season team match versus Wesleyan that the Ephs won 8-1, Raventos and Cancio defeated Chong and Yu 9-8 (6) at #1 doubles.
Chong and Yu took the first set 6-3, but Raventos and Cancio battled back to claim the second set 6-4, setting up the pivotal third set.
Chong and Yu went up 4-1 in the third set, but the gritty Cancio and Raventos team fought back to tie the match at five all. The Cancio/Raventos roll continued and the Ephs soon had a 6-5 lead and owning serve.
Julia Cancio stepped up to serve for the win. Wesleyan quickly put the Ephs in a Love-15 deficit, but once again the gritty Eph duo dug deep to win the next three points and put the match into deuce.
Wesleyan got the first add, but the Ephs got it back to deuce. Wesleyan again notched an add and Williams once again put the match back to deuce.
A nifty return by Juli Raventos at the net gave Williams the add, however, Wesleyan got the match back to deuce again. Raventos gave the Ephs another add situation when she cleaned up a short Wesleyan return at the net with a monster slam.
Cancio was now serving for the match, but she misfired twice and it was deuce for the fourth time.
The next shot by Juli Raventos may be the most amazing one she has delivered in her stellar four-year career. Somehow from very close to the net she was able to reach down by her feet and get a Wesleyan smashl just over the net and in play. The Wesleyan player hit into the net resulting in another Williams add.
Julia Cancio's last serve in her Williams career was returned to her deep on the baseline and she returned it deep to the other baseline and the Wesleyan return shot went over the Eph baseline making Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio the 2018 NCAA DIII Doubles Champions.
"This was a gutsy match and it came down to resilience and trust," stated Eph head coach Anik Cepeda. "Juli and JC went after the big moments and hung around from start to finish. I can't think of a better and more fitting end to their tenure on the team. This win was clearly for all of Williams women's tennis. Congrats Juli and JC!"
Match score: 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 - Williams.
Raventos ends her career as the Ephs' all-time leader in doubles wins with a glittering record of 125-13. Julia Cancio's career doubles record stands at 104-16, placing her third all-time.