WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On a Friday afternoon in Williamstown, the Ephs took on Columbia in their first home match of the season.
As is typical for the Ephs, the match was played using a 3 court system. In the first match against the Lions, senior captain Esther Baek (#3), sophomore Adrienne Conza (#6), and sophomore Cassie Deshong (#8) led the charge for the Ephs. After going down 0-2, Baek battled back to take the third game by a score of 11-9, but ultimately fell to her opponent in four games. Both Conza and Deshong gave their opponents good runs, but in the end were defeated in three games. Deshong nearly took the third game with a game score of 10-12. Next on for the Ephs were sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#2), freshman Kathryn Wright (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#7). Willwerth and Wright fought hard but were met by tough opponents and were each beaten in three games. Coming out guns blazing, Willwerth nearly took the first game from her Lion opponent with a game score of 10-12. Pear waged a furious battle against her opponent, decided only by a matter of a few crucial points. Every game except for the third (which Pear won 11-7) went in overtime, with scores of 11-13, 11-13, and 10-12. Despite her valiant effort, Pear was eventually defeated in game four. The last wave of matches featured sophomores Julia Ward (#1) and Abby LeBlanc (#4). Ward and LeBlanc faced fierce opponents, and despite their aggressive and determined play, fell in three games. LeBlanc nearly took the final game from her Lion opponent in a tight 12-14 game.
Captain Esther Baek had this to say after the match: "Great effort today by everyone from the top to the bottom of the lineup. Columbia was a tough match, but everyone played very well and I was happy with what I saw. We have more hard matches this weekend, so hopefully the team can continue this level of play!"
|1WS||Ward, Julia H.||4.5792||O'Connor, Madlen S.||5.01051||11-8,11-8,11-6||Columbia University||C|
|2WS||Willwerth, Sarah||4.22754||Kendall, Nicole||4.80572||12-10,11-7,11-5||Columbia University||C|
|3WS||Baek, Esther||4.4541||Kalgutkar, Jui||4.75431||11-6,11-5,9-11,11-7||Columbia University||C|
|4WS||LeBlanc, Abigail||4.27686||Pincus, Jane||4.68762||11-6,11-7,14-12||Columbia University||C|
|5WS||Wright, Kathryn A.||4.14035||Masch, Julia||4.44026||11-5,11-5,11-4||Columbia University||C|
|6WS||Conza, Adrienne||4.15896||Chen, Doria||4.50984||11-3,11-8,11-5||Columbia University||C|
|7WS||Pear, Alexandra||3.98109||Sharma, Pranjali||Lapsed-member||13-11,13-11,7-11,12-10||Columbia University||C|
|8WS||Deshong, Cassie||Non-member||Soper, Caroline||3.50732||11-5,11-4,12-10|