NORTHAMPTON, MA – Today marked the final day of the NEWITT tournament as Linda Shin '17 and Juli Raventos '18 defeated their Amherst opponents 8-5 in the finals to secure first place in the East Draw. The two were seeded first coming in to the tournament, an exclusively doubles meet, and went undefeated in all five matches they played. Leah Bush '19 and Julia Cancio '18 squared off against an Amherst team in the third place match and overcame their opponents 8-2. Their only loss in the three day tournament came on Saturday in the semifinals.
"I think Juli, Linda, Leah and Julia are all very proud of their finish this weekend" said Ephs head coach Alison Swain. "All four played their best doubles in the finals today and it paid off for them."
In the back-draw, Carmen Saab '19 and Alex Stone '16 shut out their Trinity opponents 8-0 to finish 4-1 on the weekend. Their only loss came on day one to the fifth seeded Amherst duo of Jackie Calla and Maddy Sung that finished fourth overall.
"This tournament was a fantastic opportunity for all our teams to work on their doubles," said coach Swain at the conclusion of the finals, "I think everyone has some good takeaways and showed improvement over the weekend."
The tournament also marks the annual presentation of the Lindsay Morehouse Award commemorating Williams alumna Lindsay Morehouse '00. Morehouse, who was one of three alumni to die on the September 11th terrorist attacks in New York City in 2001, was an Ephs tennis captain and teammate of coach Alison Swain '01. The cup was first presented to the 2002 Williams team, and is now presented each year to a senior who best exemplifies the ideals of sportsmanship and hard work Morehouse represented. This year, the honor went to Victoria Tam of MIT.
The conclusion of the NEWITT tournament serves as the end of the Ephs' fall season. The team now looks ahead to the start of the spring season on March 12th at Skidmore College.
According to coach Swain, the offseason is "an important time for [the] team to take a step back from the daily practices and tennis competition." She says they will focus on improving fitness as well as some specific areas such as "return of serve, aggressive positioning on singles points, and anticipation at net in doubles." She hopes the team will come back with increased precision and confidence for the spring season.