Ephs Impress on Day One of Three-Day ITA New Englands

Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio '18
Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio '18

CAMBRIDGE, MA – The Williams College women's tennis team sent six singles players and three doubles teams to compete in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England Championships being hosted by MIT Friday through Sunday.

Eudice Chong of Wesleyan was seeded first in singles play with the Ephs' Juli Raventos, a junior, seeded second.

Raventos and senior Linda Shin were seeded first in doubles play. The Ephs' top doubles tandem has won the last two NCAA DIII titles.

On day one five of the six Ephs' singles players won their first two matches to advance to the Round of 16 and all three of the Ephs' doubles pairings advanced to the quarterfinal round.

"Today was a long day, but a hugely successful day for our program," stated Eph head coach Alison Swain. "We played not only physically tough tennis, but also mentally tough tennis. Advancing five singles players into the Round of 16 and all three doubles teams into the quarterfinals is a huge accomplishment."

Singles:

Senior Linda Shin, seeded 9th, was defeated in her first round match by Camille Smukler of Amherst 6-4 7-6 (3).

Junior Giulla McDonnell Nieto Del Rio also seeded 9th won her first match recording a 7-5, 6-4 win over Middlebury's Heather Boehm.

McDonnell Nieto Del Rio dropped the first set of her second match to Amherst's Avery Wagman 4-6, but came back strong in the second set with a 6-1 win to force a tiebreaker that she captured by the score of 10-5.

In tomorrow morning's Round of 16 encounter McDonnell Nieto Del Rio will take on Bowdoin's Joulia Likhanskaia who is the third seed.

Junior Mia Gancayco, seeded 9th, opened play, notching a 6-2, 6-0 win over Bates' Bella Stone. In her second match of the day Gancayco faced Justine Huang from Wellesley. Gancayco prevailed 7-5, 6-3. Gancayco will face Victoria Yu of Wesleyan the sixth seed tomorrow morning.

Senior Hannah Atkinson, the fourth Eph player seeded 9th, topped Elizabeth Erbafina of Bates 6-2, 6-3 in her first round match. In her second round encounter with Tufts' Conner Calabro Atkinson won again in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 and she will take on eighth seeded Vickie Ip of Amherst in tomorrow's Round of 16 match.

Sophomore Leah Bush also won her first round match in straight sets downing Trinity's Jillian Winer 6-0, 6-1. The win by Bush put her into a second round match with Amherst's Jackie Calla (seeded 9th). Bush disposed of Calla 6-2, 6-4 to advance to the Round of 16. On Saturday morning Bush will play fifth seed Alex Fields from Middlebury.

Second seeded Julia Raventos opened singles play with a 6-4, 6-3 win over Kelly Zhu from host MIT and then advanced to the round of 16 with a 6-0, 6-1 win over Amherst's Camilla Trapness.

Raventos is paired with Middlebury's Katy Hughes, seeded 9th, in the Round of 16 match tomorrow.

Doubles:

Raventos/Shin, seeded first, were matched up against the Babson duo of Akgul and Weick in the first round. The Eph duo prevailed 8-2 to advance to the Round of 16. Raventos and Shin then punched their ticket to the quarterfinals with another 8-2 win, this time defeating Zhu/Rakocevic from MIT.

The Atkinson/Chloe Henderson (Fy.) pairing squared off against the Wesleyan duo of Kim and Klass-Warch in the first round and the senor/first year team topped the Wesleyan duo 8-4. In the Round of 16 match Atkinson/Henderson defeated the Amherst duo of Ip/Ivenitsky recording an 8-3 victory.

The Eph duo of McDonnell Nieto Del Rio/Sydney Myong (Fy.), seeded fifth, took on the Gordon College duo of Denney and Hanson in their first round match. The Eph tandem authored an 8-3 win over the Gordon tandem and followed that up with an 8-1 win over the Suffolk University pairing of Medina and Sagyndykova.