Ephs Keep Ball Rolling at Second Day of 2019 ITA New England Regionals

Arturo Kam '21
Arturo Kam '21

WATERVILLE, ME – The Williams College Men's tennis team completed its second day of the 2019 ITA Division III New England Regional Tennis Championship today. After a day of mixed results to start the tournament, the Ephs had one singles player and both doubles pairs still in contention when action began at 9:00 am this morning. 

Senior Alex Taylor was the only one to advance out of the five Williams representatives who entered the tournament. Two dominant victories over Wesleyan and Babson opponents respectively, pitted him against Stan Morris of Middelbury College at 12:00 pm today. Taylor showed his perseverance with a grueling 7-6 victory in the first set, but he was defeated in the following two with scores of 6-2 and 6-2. Head Coach Brian Grodecki was impressed with Alex's "gritty performance". Morris went on to win his next match against a Brandeis opponent and make it to the semifinals.

On the doubles side, The Ephs maintained the dominant performance of yesterday. Taylor and his sophomore partner Peter Frelinghuysen defeated a Brandeis opponent yesterday to advance. Today, they downed a Wesleyan pair 8-6 before going the distance with an Amherst opponent. The match was forced to an OT period which Taylor and Frelinghuysen captured to make the final score 8-7 (4). The other Eph duo, Junior Arturo Kam and senior Ananth Raghavan entered Saturday on the back of an 8-4 victory over a Middlebury opponent. They upped the pace with an 8-3 victory over a Brandeis opponent and an 8-1 victory over the four seed from Amherst. Impressive play by both pairs and unfortunate seeding means the Eph duos will be facing one another in the semifinals tomorrow. The game will begin at 9:00 am to determine who will face off in the finals to be played at the end of the tournament. 

Coach Grodecki maintained the same positive view on his team's performance today: "We played tough doubles today and brought tremendous energy. Looking forward to more of the same tomorrow."

Tomorrow's match play will be the final time the Ephs compete before their season begins in the Spring. The team is looking to capitalize on the position they have earned over the past two days.