LEWISTON, ME – The second day of the USTA-ITA Women's Regionals ended today. In both singles and doubles, the field was narrowed to the Final Four. The Ephs will have one doubles pair, and two singles players competing in the Semi Finals tomorrow, at Bates College.
During the doubles round of 8, Williams's French and Alotta fell to the Middlebury pair of Wilkey and Leung, 8-4. Williams's other remaining pair, however, Shoemaker and Worley, defeated the No.1 ranked team from Bowdoin 8-5. Williams will be playing archrival Amherst tomorrow.
Williams defeated Amherst in doubles earlier this season 6-3 at Mount Holyoke College. Previous to that, the Ephs had also beaten the Lord Jeffs in the 2011 NCAA Championship match, 5-4. With such a history, tomorrow's match is sure to be an exciting one.
In singles play, five Williams players advanced to the Quarter Finals. Coach Alison Swain remarks that this is "a huge accomplishment. It is a testament to the depth of the team." Freshman Maria Pylypiv earned her spot in the Quarters by defeating No. 2 ranked Alberstone from Bowdoin, 6-1, 6-1. Other Ephs - Shoemaker, Alotta, Worley and Elkins - won their matches to join Pylypiv in the Quarter Finals.
Out of the five who advanced to the Quarters, only two won their matches and will be competing tomorrow. Pylypiv and Worley will be squaring off against one another in the Semis. This, however, guarantees that Williams will be represented in the Finals.
Reflecting on the Championships so far, and looking ahead, coach Swain had this to say: "I'm proud of every person on the team. They all competed really well. I'm excited for the Semis to see what [the players] can do."
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