MIDDLEBURY, VT - On a Saturday afternoon in Middlebury, the Ephs had their most competitive match yet of the season to start the second semester.
The match was truly a battle for the Ephs. With 7 out of the 9 matches going to 5 games, the Ephs put forth a valiant effort and the match was decided by a few key games and points. With the junior class all back from abroad, the Ephs played their first match with a full lineup and were put to the test. As is typical for the Ephs, the match was played using a 3 court system. In the first round against the Panthers, senior captain Esther Baek (#3), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), and sophomore Adrienne Conza (#9) led the charge for the Ephs. Baek successfully edged out a tight 5 game match beating her oponent 11-6 in the fifth and starting the Ephs off with an early victory in this tight match. Nicholson gave her opponent a great run and even survived being hit in the face with a racquet and bouncing back, but was ultimately defeated in a close 3 games. Conza played a tough 5 gamer and came out victorious 11-9 in the fifth, giving the Ephs a slight 2-1 edge on the Panthers in the first wave of play. Next on for the Ephs were sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#2), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#8). Willwerth was bested by her opponent in a 5 game marathon with a close score of 11-9 in the fifth. LeBlanc also played a 5 game battle and came out on top 11-5 in the fifth. Continuing the trend of hard 5 gamers, Pear played her oponent in a tight 5 games, but was eventually defeated in the fifth 11-3. After the second round of matches, the match score was tied 3-3 in matches, making the final round of matches particularly interesting and important for the Ephs. Ready to rise to the occasion, freshman Julia Ward (#1), junior Melissa Swann (#4), and freshman Kathryn Wright (#7) triumphantly continued the battle for the Ephs. Wright was met by a tough Panther opponent and despite her best effort, was defeated in 3 games. With a match score of 3-4 Panthers now leading, Swann and Ward's matches would determine the final match result. Swann played her absolute heart out, and after being down 0-2, battled back to tie the score 2-2. With everyone on the edge of their seats, Swann played an extremely close final game, but was eventually defeated in overtime with a score of 11-13 in the fifth. Ward, who was the last one still playing, also played a very close 5 game match against her opponent, but was also edged out 11-8 in the fifth.
Head coach Zafi Levy had this to say about the match: "Although it was a tough defeat for the girls today, they played their hearts out and rose to the occasion. This match showed us all the areas that we need to improve upon before we face Middlebury again at Nescacs. We have some work to do and some adjustments to be made so that hopefully the next time we play Middlebury, it will be even closer and we will win more of the five gamers."
|1WS||kuijpers, beatrijs||4.50895||Ward, Julia H.||4.51329||9-11,11-5,11-13,11-8,11-8||Middlebury College||C|
|2WS||Dowling, Ideal||Non-member||Willwerth, Sarah||4.21679||11-8,11-6,6-11,6-11,11-9||Middlebury College||C|
|3WS||Comai, Alexa L.||4.08541||Baek, Esther||4.39595||8-11,11-6,11-13,11-8,11-6||Williams College||C|
|4WS||Schaus, Virginia L.||4.15979||Swann, Melissa||4.28408||11-9,11-8,6-11,7-11,13-11||Middlebury College||C|
|5WS||Glassie, Anne F.||4.08121||LeBlanc, Abigail||4.23421||11-2,9-11,11-9,10-12,11-5||Williams College||C|
|6WS||Madden, Natalie L||4.22186||Nicholson, Anna||4.14603||11-7,11-7,12-10||Middlebury College||C|
|7WS||Beinkampen, Emily B||4.20608||Wright, Kathryn A.||4.07591||11-7,11-2,11-6||Middlebury College||C|
|8WS||Davis, Gwen A.||4.06739||Pear, Alexandra||3.88936||11-9,6-11,11-7,7-11,11-3||Middlebury College||C|
|9WS||Lowitt, Natasha||4.06416||Conza, Adrienne||4.06406||6-11,11-4,7-11,11-8,11-9||Williams College||C|
|10WS||Chugh, Mira||4.05209||Bower, Elizabeth||3.99542||11-6,11-5,11-7|
The Ephs take on Dartmouth in Hanover, NH tomorrow at 2pm.