CLAREMONT, CA – Today, the #11 Williams College Ephs (4-1) faced the #5 University of Chicago Maroons (10-2). Williams had just come off a win against a red-hot Cerritos team, breaking their 13-match win streak. However, Chicago proved too much for Williams to handle, falling 5-2.
The Ephs started the day strong, with an 8-2 doubles win from Austin Barr '21 and Brian Grodecki '18. They almost extended their lead to 2 points, but Alex Taylor '20 and Calvin Chung '21 lost in a tiebreak. This close loss swung the momentum to the Maroons, who never gave it up afterwards.
The Maroons separated themselves in singles, winning all but one match. Ananth Raghavan '20 had the lone win for the Ephs, needing only two sets to finish it off. Arturo Kam '21 brought his match to three sets, but before he could finish his match, the game had been called for Chicago. Taylor was only one game away from adding a point for his team, but like Kam, he could not finish his match. He was up 7-6, 5-2.
Despite the loss, head coach Dan Greenberg took some good from the result. "We got off to a rough start, but I felt by the end of the match that we were really finding our way. I definitely think we can use that momentum going forward, even though it was not enough today."
The Ephs will face the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens in their next match on Sunday. The teams were previously scheduled to play on Wednesday, but it was postponed. The match will be held at 12:00 PM PDT/3:00 PM EDT.
Chicago 5, Williams 2
Luke Tsai (C) def. Brian Grodecki (W) – 6-1, 6-4
Nicolas Chua (C) def. Austin Barr (W) – 7-6, 6-2
Jeremy Yuan (C) def. Sachin Raghavan (W) – 6-3, 6-2
Ananth Raghavan (W) def. Charlie Pei (C) – 6-4, 6-4
Alex Taylor (W) and Ninan Kumar (C) – 7-6, 5-2 (DNF)
Arturo Kam (W) and Bobby Bethke (C) – 5-7, 6-1, 3-2 (DNF)