CARY, N.C. — With a fifth consecutive national championship in their pockets already, Williams College senior Kristin Alotta and sophomore Kara Shoemaker were able to add All-America to their sparkling resumes Thursday.
Alotta won back-to-back matches to march into the NCAA quarterfinals, while Shoemaker won her first match of the day before being ousted as the women's individual tournament began. By virtue of her first round victory, Alotta becomes an All-American for the third time in her career. It was Shoemaker's first honor.
"After three grueling days (in the team tourney, there was of a lot of mental, emotional and physical exhaustion to fight through," Williams head coach Alison Swain said. "They both played solid tennis today and gave everything they had left. I'm thrilled they both won their first matches today and earned All-America status."
Shoemaker's day began with a 6-3, 6-4 straight sets win over Lindsay Raultson from Mary Washington. In the second round, Shoemaker met up with defending Div. III national champion Kristin Lim from Claremont Mudd Scripps. Lim took the first set 6-0 and finished off Shoemaker 6-3.
"Kara played Lim very tough in that second set and I think she leaves feeling very good about her season," Swain said.
Alotta's day began with a 7-5, 6-2 straight set win over Alyssa Roberg of Whitman College. In the afternoon, she disposed of Lia Carlson from Swathmore in a 6-3, 6-3 straight sets victory. She will face the tournament's top seed, Lok-Sze Leung from Middlebury, Friday morning.
"Kristin played two great matches today," Swain said. "She has no pressure on her, tomorrow's match should be really fun."