WATERVILLE, ME – On Sunday, the #4 Williams College Ephs (11-3) went up against the Colby College Mules (8-3). The previous day, Williams went up against one of the top teams in the NESCAC, Bowdoin, and took them down to the wire before ultimately falling 4-5. The team obviously wanted to finish off the weekend on a high note after the tough loss. They succeeded handily in that endeavor, beating Colby 9-0.
The Mules, who were the clear underdogs, wanted to come out firing from the get-go, and they were tough in doubles. The experienced Ephs, however, were able to cope with this, and eventually won without too much difficulty. Each of the three matches concluded with Williams victories, and none of them were particularly close in the end.
The Ephs flourished in the singles portion of the match, and there were only a few instances where they were threatened. The most notable exception was in the battle of the #1's, between Brian Grodecki '18 and sophomore Scott Altmeyer. After not winning a game in the first set, Grodecki showed great resilience to take the next set 6-4, and then won the super tiebreak 10-8 to earn a hard-fought win.
"It feels good to bounce back after yesterday's match," said head coach Dan Greenberg '08. "Colby started really strong in doubles, but we adjusted and found our way to a win at each court. After that, I thought we kept elevating our play in singles."
The men, now 12-3, will be back at home next weekend to take on rival #7 Amherst and Hamilton. The first match, against the Mammoths, will take place at 1:00 PM.
Williams 9, Colby 0
1. WC- Grodecki def. Altmeyer – 0-6, 6-4, 10-8
2. WC- Austin Barr def. Pathi – 6-0, 6-1
3. WC- Ananth Raghavan def. Reiter – 6-1, 6-3
4. WC- Indrakanti def. Speer – 7-6, 6-2
5. WC- Kam def. Mendoza Kompalic – 6-3, 6-2
6. WC- Taylor def. Gonzales – 6-0, 6-0