Williams Defeated at Dartmouth 7-2

Julia Ward '21
Julia Ward '21

HANOVER, NH - On a Sunday afternoon in Hanover, the Ephs faced off against the Big Green of Dartmouth. Dartmouth defeated the Ephs (4-6) 7-2. 

The match was bound to be a challenging one for the Ephs. With Dartmouth's women's team most likely top eight bound, the Ephs had their work cut out for them. However, even when faced with a difficult path to victory, the Ephs remained resiliant and battle ready. With high energy going into the match to make up for yesterday's heartbreaking loss, the team was fired up and ready to show the Darmouth women what Williams is all about.

The match was played using a three-court system. Senior captain Esther Baek (#3), junior Anna Nicholson (#6), and sophomore Adrienne Conza (#9) led the charge for the Ephs in the first round of play. Baek was unstoppable and completely dominated the 'T', leaving her Big Green opponent completely frazzled. Due to her strong performance, she pulled out her match in thee games, starting the team off strong. Nicholson and Conza gave their opponents good runs and played long, successful rallies, but were eventually defeated in three games.

Next on for the Ephs were sophomore Sarah Willwerth (#2), sophomore Abby LeBlanc (#5), and freshman Alex Pear (#8). Willwerth played a tight four games with her opponent, but despite her valiant effort, she was not able to pull out the win. LeBlanc and Pear were both bested by their opponents in three close games despite playing long, competitive rallies.

Sophomore Julia Ward (#1), junior Melissa Swann (#4), and freshman Kathryn Wright (#7) were last on for the Ephs. Ward was indomitable and outlasted her ridiculously fit opponent. With tighter shots and better movement, Ward was able to defeat her Big Green opponent in a very exciting four games. Swann came out guns blazing and defeated her opponent in the first game. Despite this strong start, she was eventually defeated in four games. Wright playing cleanly and showing off her  speed, she caught her opponent completely off guard and watched her scramble to return her tight shots. However, her opponent was also a fighter and the match came down to tight fifth game. Unfortunately, the match did not end in Wright's favor and she was eventually defeated 13-11 in overtime in the fifth game.

Assistant coach Blair Dills had this to say after the match: "We did really well to battle in all the matches. We got an excellent performance from our top court players with Esther and Julia pulling off very impressive wins. Despite the disappointment of losing to Midd yesterday, we bounced back and showed that we're ready for next weekend when the Maine schools come to Williamstown."

The Ephs face Bowdoin, Bates, and Colby next weekend, the 11th to 13th, in Williamstown. 

1WS Blasberg, Anne  4.62112 Ward, Julia H. 4.50514 9-11,11-8,11-6,11-8 Williams College C
2WS Mactaggart, Emma C. 4.67501 Willwerth, Sarah  4.21502 11-7,10-12,11-3,11-7 Dartmouth College C
3WS Reiss, Sandra C 4.49547 Baek, Esther  4.38975 11-6,11-9,12-10 Williams College C
5WS Gozigian, Ellie  4.51308 LeBlanc, Abigail  4.23976 11-3,12-10,11-8 Dartmouth College C
6WS Gildea, Darden  4.495 Nicholson, Anna  4.10558 11-3,11-7,11-4 Dartmouth College C
7WS Anwar, Junnat  4.3753 Wright, Kathryn A. 4.04856 11-6,7-11,5-11,11-7,13-11 Dartmouth College C
8WS Potter, Julia R. 4.34584 Pear, Alexandra  3.89261 11-3,11-7,11-8 Dartmouth College C
9WS Roberts, Emma  4.40677 Conza, Adrienne  4.08623 12-10,11-9,11-5 Dartmouth College C