CAMBRIDGE, MA – Players representing the Little Three: Williams, Wesleyan, and Amherst were all paired up in the final day competition at the ITA New England Championships hosted by MIT.
The day began with the singles semifinals and in one bracket Wesleyan teammates Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu squared off and in the other bracket Eph junior Juli Raventos was matched against Vicki Ip of Amherst.
In the singles semifinal round Raventos eliminated Ip in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 to advance to the finals to meet Eudice Chong who had defeated Yu in the other semifinal match 6-1, 6-1.
Chong claimed the first set in the championship match 6-3, however in the second set the first three games all went to deuce and Juli Raventos took a 2-1 lead into game four. Raventos then won games four and five to establish a 4-1 lead on her way to a 6-3 victory that set up a third and deciding set.
Juli Raventos opened the third set holding her serve and then authored a break of Chong's serve to take a 2-0 lead. However, Chong responded by taking the next two games to knot the score at two all.
Though she trailed in game five, Raventos rallied to hold serve and take a 3-2 lead. In the next two games both players got to game point, but Raventos captured both of those games to build her lead to 5-2.
Chong took games eight and nine to arrow Raventos' lead to 5-4 with Chong serving. Raventos broke Chong's serve and captured the ITA New England Singles title 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
With the win Raventos earned the right to compete in the ITA Oracle Cup, formerly the ITA Small College Championships. The Oracle Cup is slated to be contested October 13-16 in Surprise, Arizona. Raventos and Eph head coach Alison Swain will decide next week if the Eph junior will be heading out to Arizona. In addition to the win Raventos also earned All-America honors.
The last time Chong and Raventos met was in the NCAA Singles title match in Kalamazoo, Mich., where Chong prevailed 6-2, 7-5. This marked the third time that Raventos has defeated Chong in singles and she improved her record to 3-1 over Chong. Chong's only DIII losses have come at the hands of Raventos.
Raventos and Chong would be looking at each other again on the day as the Wesleyan duo of Chong and Yu lined up against Raventos and Linda Shin in doubles finals after a short break following the singles title match.
Raventos and Shin were seeded first in doubles with Chong and Yu seeded second and just like in the singles final the two seed came out on top today.
Eph head coach Alison Swain noted, "This was the best finish for either of our players in doubles. Linda Shin paired with Alex Stone as a sophomore advanced to the semifinals and Juli Raventos had made it to the quarterfinals her first year playing with Julia Cancio."
Swain added, "We played a great weekend of tennis against very strong competition. I'm excited to have two weeks of practice ahead to take the next steps forward in our game from what we learned at this tournament."
Swain, in closing, stated, "I'm thrilled for Juli and Linda and our entire team. We had some very strong results and Juli competed exceptionally well to take home the singles title."