LEXINGTON-- The Willliams Women's Tennis team picked up an impressive victory Wednesday, taking down perennial powerhouse Washington and Lee 7-2.
Williams had the lead after doubles for the first time this spring, taking two of the first three matches. The top pair of Kara Shoemaker and Taylor French won their pro-set handily, 8-2. The number two pair benefitted from the return of Kristin Alotta from an academic committment. Alotta and sophomore Kathleen Elkins had a hard earned 8-6 victory to give the Ephs a 2-1 lead heading into singles.
Williams dominated at the 3, 4, and 5 positions in singles play. Nancy Worley, Rebecca Curran, and Kathleen Elkins each won in straight sets, with Worley and Elkins dropping two games total between them.
The Ephs had to work harder at the top two spots, however. Alotta dropped her first set at number one, before battling back to take the second, 6-4. She held a 4-1 lead in the third set when her opponent was crippled with cramps and could not continue. Kara Shoemaker had a similiarly impressive win at number two. She won her first set, 6-4, but fell 2-6 in the second. The sophomore was able to regain her confidence in the third, however, to take the match.
"We did a great job carrying the momentum from doubles into the first set of singles," said head coach Alison Swain, adding, "I think we're improving our ability to play the big points well. Washington and Lee is a very strong team with a lot of great competitors. The win today means a lot for us."
Williams will continue the Fab Five tournament at Washington and Lee on Thursday when they take on another top team, Emory. Match time is set for 12:00.