LEWISTON, ME-- The Williams women's tennis team travelled to Maine on Saturday to play two NESCAC foes, Bowdoin and Bates. The Ephs prevailed, first taking down the Polar Bears 6-3. They left Brunswick to take on Bates, and won that match 7-2.
With the two wins the Ephs close out the regular season with a record of 18-1/8-0 in NESCAC, marking the first time since 2010 that they have concluded a perfect NESCAC season and been seeded first in the NESCAC Tournament.
Williams is hosting both the NESCAC women's and men's tournaments this weekend, with first round action starting on Friday.
The Ephs started the day in Brunswick indoors, which took some adjusting to. That fact was evident in the doubles scores, as Williams found themselves down 2-1 after the first session. Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins earned the lone point with an 8-4 win.
Williams got off to a slow start in three of the six single matches but clawed back to take each of them. Kara Shoemaker dropped her first set 6-0, but came back to win 6-4, 6-1. Kathleen Elkins lost her first set 6-3 but recovered well. Caroline Capute dropped a tight 7-5 decision in her first set as well, but also came back for the win.
Kristin Alotta needed a tiebreak to take her first set, but cruised to a 6-3 win in the second. Nancy Worley had the most comfortable result of the day, winning her match 6-1, 6-1.
1. Alberstone/Lewis (B) def French/Shoemaker (W) 8-5
2. Alotta/Elkins (W) def Chow/Lavertu (B) 8-4
3. Lombardi/Winningham (B) def Capute/Worley (W) 8-4
1. Alotta (W) def Alberston (B) 7-6 (4) 6-3
2. Shoemaker (W) def Winningham (B) 0-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Worley (W) def Lombardi (B) 6-1, 6-1
4. Elkins (W) def Lavertu (B) 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
5. Lewis (B) def Curran (W) 6-0, 6-2
6. Capute (W) def Howard (B) 5-7, 6-4, 10-4
Williams was much more solid in singles play, taking all six matches. Junior Veronika Li and Elkins had the most decisive victories, as they each won 6-1, 6-0. Curran and Pylypiv continued their strong play from doubles, as they won 6-0, 6-2 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively.
Coach Swain had the following to say following Saturday's doubleheader: "I thought our team did a nice job of adjusting to the pace of play, and our mental toughness really shown through today."
1. Mandzhukova/Anderson (B) def French/Shoemaker (W) 9-8 (6)
2. Russell/Brunk (B) def Worley/Capute (W) 8-3
3. Curran/Pylypiv (W) def Holmes/Brennan (B) 8-2
1. Alotta (W) def Mandzhukova (B) 6-4, 6-4
2. Worley (W) def Anderson (B) 7-6, 6-1
3. Elkins (W) def Holmes (B) 6-1, 6-0
4. Curran (W) def Blauth (B) 6-0, 6-2
5. Pylypiv (W) def Brennan (B) 6-2, 6-0
6. Li (W) def Russell (B) 6-1, 6-0