LEWISTON, ME – The first day of the Women's USTA/ITA Regional Championship came to an end tonight with all Williams players winning their opening round matches. The tournament is being hosted at Bates College, with 64 singles players and 32 doubles pairs from 20 colleges around New England competing.
In doubles, all four Williams teams advanced through the first round, defeating teams from Amherst, Bowdoin, Wheaton and MIT. During the round of 16, however, this number was cut in half, as the pairs of Capute/Elkins and Pylypiv/Pastor both lost 8-4 matches against rivals from Amherst.
In singles play, once again all Ephs won their opening matches. Two matches in particular stood out, as freshmen Rebecca Curran and Maria Pylypiv defeated seeded players to earn their spots in the next round. Curran won a hard-fought match against Watanabe from Wellesley 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Pylypiv defeated Mandzhukova from Bates 6-3, 6-1. Both also won their round of 32 matches, and will be competing in the Sweet Sixteen tomorrow. Other Ephs joining their teammates in the Sweet Sixteen include Shoemaker, Alotta, Worley and Elkins.
After winning all first round matches, coach Alison Swain was "proud of the way the team played, especially since [they were playing] against the best players in the region."
With all 8 top seeds remaining in singles play, including Williams's own Worley, Alotta and Shoemaker, the Ephs face no easy task. Coach Swain, though, is "excited to see those who advanced play tomorrow. It's just tougher competition." The singles round of 16 will be played tomorrow at 10:30am and the doubles quartefinals will be played at 9am.
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