Ephs Defeated by Dartmouth 7-2

Julia Ward '21
Julia Ward '21

Williamstown, MA – The Ephs took on Dartmouth today for their first home match of the season and first match of the new year. The team had been training very hard leading up to this big match; they also welcomed their three juniors back from abroad. Today's match used a three-court system.  

First up was Julia Ward (#1), Melissa Swann (#4), and Mira Kamat (#9). Ward, back from her semester abroad, was all in against the Dartmouth #1. The two women battled ferociously on the top court going back and forth in winning games. Rallies were long, depth was good, shot selection was incredible, but eventually Ward was able to finally clinch the match 11-9 in the fifth! Swann started off strong winning her first game against her Big Green opponent with smart tactics and a couple of nicks, but she was unable to hold of the Dartmouth #4 and eventually fell in four. Kamat and her opponent were playing a very fast paced match; she started slow in the first game and was able to find a little momentum in the second game, but her opponent was too good today and sealed the match in straight games. 

On court second was Sarah Willwerth (#2), Anna Nicholson (#8), and Kathryn Wright (#8). Willwerth had a solid first game with long points and lots of running, but she unfortunately lost the first game 9-11. Her Big Green opponent was playing very well and finished the match in three games. Both Nicholson and Wright had strong and experienced opponents that had the upper hand today. The Lady Ephs both played good lengths and tight shots, but their opponents were not fazed and were able to beat them in three games. 

Last on court today was Haley Jefferson (#3), Quan Ng (#5), and Abby LeBlanc (#7). Jefferson had a tricky opponent with a two-handed backhand, but that did not stop her from rattling her. After having a slow start, Jefferson slowly found her momentum losing the second game 10-12 and clinching the third game 11-9. However, the Dartmouth #3 was able to close out the match in the fourth game. Ng had one of the most electric matches of the day. She lost the first game 12-14 after having a couple of game balls, but that did not stop her from fighting back. With her killer nicks and deceptive shots, Ng won the second and third games. Her opponent rallied back to take the match to five, but Ng was unstoppable and claimed the second victory of the day 3-1. LeBlanc, fresh from her semester abroad, scared her opponent a little. After losing the first game 6-11, she was able to comfortable secure the second game 11-2 due to some incredible shot selection and adjustments in her positioning on the T. Sadly, her opponent fought back and eventually edged her out in four games. 

Co-Captain Melissa Swann said: "We had a great team showing for our first home match of the season. It was exciting to see us get a couple of individual wins through Julia and Quan. We all learned a lot from our matches today, so we know what we can work on over the next few weeks to prepare for NESCACS and team nationals. And we're looking forward to a competitive match against Middlebury tomorrow."

Tomorrow, the Ephs have another home match where they will take on their NESCAC rival Middlebury!









Julia Ward

Anne Blasberg

11-8, 8-11, 11-2, 5-11, 11-9



Sarah Willwerth

Emma Supattapone

9-11, 4-11, 5-11



Haley Jefferson

Jesse Brownell

3-11, 10-12, 11-9, 4-11



Melissa Swann

Ellie Gozigian

11-8, 7-11, 5-11, 10-12



Quan Ng

Claire Aube

12-14, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-5



Anna Nicholson

Emma Mactaggart

5-11, 5-11, 7-11



Abby LeBlanc

Brynn Bank

5-11, 11-2, 6-11, 6-11



Kathryn Wright

Sandra Reiss

2-11, 7-11, 3-11



Mira Kamat

Julia Potter

4-11, 7-11, 6-11



Alex Pear

Caroline Mollenkopf

6-11, 9-11, 9-11