WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On Saturday, the #4 Williams College Ephs (13-4) faced the Goucher College Gophers (24-4) in the Second Round of the NCAA tournament. The Gophers won 5-0 yesterday against Messiah College in the First Round, while the Ephs had a bye. From beginning to end, Williams was the best team on the court, winning 5-0.
The Ephs came out strong in doubles, showing why they were selected as an NCAA Regional host. They won each match 8-4, and were not seriously challenged in any of them. The #1 doubles match with Brian Grodecki '18 and Ananth Raghavan '20 pitted against Tetsuya Ota and Jack Hodges was perhaps the closest, as the match was 5-4 before Williams rattled off three straight wins to close out the match.
The Ephs were just as dominant in singles. Grodecki began by winning 6-2, 6-0 against Ota, followed by a 6-3, 6-1 finish by Raghavan against Frankie Mullinix in the #4 singles match. Per NCAA tournament rules, once a team reaches five wins, the match is over at that moment, regardless of the score of other matches. Austin Barr '21 and Sachin Raghavan '18 had won their respective first sets and were both leading in the second before their matches were called.
"I thought we played a really clean match in doubles and singles," said head coach Dan Greenberg '08. "Goucher is a very athletic team, so it was great that we stepped up and extended our season. And congrats to them on a great year."
The Ephs will play against Amherst, who won the other second round match 5-0, in the Regional Final tomorrow. The winner will advance to the National Quarterfinal, which will take place next week in Claremont, CA. The match will take place at 1:30 PM at Hunt Tennis Courts in Williamstown, weather-pending. If necessary, the match will be moved to Lansing Chapman Rink, where today's match was played.
Williams 5, Goucher 0
1. Brian Grodecki (WILM) def. Tetsuya Ota (GOUMTEN) 6-2, 6-0
2. Austin Barr (WILM) vs. Jack Hodges (GOUMTEN) 6-1, 5-3; DNF
3. Sachin Raghavan (WILM) vs. Michael Herman (GOUMTEN) 6-1, 4-3; DNF
4. Ananth Raghavan (WILM) def. Frankie Mullinix (GOUMTEN) 6-3, 6-1
5. Deepak Indrakanti (WILM) vs. Slade Dumas (GOUMTEN) 3-1; DNF
6. Elliot Diehl (GOUMTEN) vs. Arturo Kam (WILM) no result