WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On Sunday, the #4 Williams College Ephs (10-2) returned home to face the #15 Tufts Jumbos (7-3). The men have been on a roll of late, and today they showed no sign of slowing down on their way to a 7-2 victory.
The match was by no stretch as lopsided as the score suggests, and that started in doubles. Although Williams won all three matches, two of them were very back-and-forth, finishing at 9-7. The other match saw Alex Taylor '20 and Calvin Chung '21 win in dominant fashion with a score of 8-1.
This gave the Ephs a lot of breathing room as they tried to clinch a victory. In singles play, they won 4 of 6 matches, while both losses were hotly contested. Sachin Raghavan '18 brought his match to a super tiebreak before losing 10-6, while Taylor lost 7-5, 7-5 in a match that could have gone either way. A highlight for Williams came by way of Austin Barr '21, who won his match in three sets against fellow first-year Boris Sorkin. The hard-fought win propelled his team to the win, finishing off yet another strong weekend.
"We got off to a really good start in doubles, and even though we got a little sloppy after that, we finished strong at each spot," said head coach Dan Greenberg '08. "Singles-wise, I think we're getting better every match, and it showed. This was a good win for us."
This win gave Williams their 7th straight win, moving them to 11-2 on the year. Their next match will be their most difficult yet, as they will go on the road to face the second-ranked Bowdoin College Polar Bears (12-1). Bowdoin until yesterday was a perfect 12-0, but they lost to Middlebury by a surprising score of 8 games to 1. They will inevitably be looking to get back on track when they face the Ephs. The match will be in Brunswick at 10:00 AM.
Williams 7, Tufts 2
1. WC- Grodecki d. Gupte – 6-3, 6-4
2. WC- Austin Barr d. Sorkin, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2
3. TU- Ali d. Sachin Raghavan, 6-3, 6-7, 10-6
4. WC- Ananth Raghavan d. Niemiec – 6-3, 6-1
5. TU- Grant d. Taylor – 7-5, 7-5
6. WC- Kam d. Danny Coran – 6-1, 6-0