Ephs rebound against Cardinals, 6-3, in final away dual of the regular season

Mia Gancayco '18
Mia Gancayco '18

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. - The Ephs immediately returned to action on Sunday, making the trek to central-Connecticut to the campus of Wesleyan University after their 6-3 loss to Middlebury the previous day. Hoping to rebound from their Saturday setback, the Ephs sought to extend their perfect record against the Cardinals to 44-0 all-time, and the Ephs' ambitions were realized, as they flipped the 6-3 score-line from the day before in their own favor.

On Sunday, the purple and gold reignited their doubles dominance against the red and black, taking two of the three doubles points with wins on Courts 2 and 3.

The Ephs took the first match off the courts, courtesy of Julia Cancio and Emily Zheng at the number three position, as the Williams duo ousted Aashli Budhiraja and Julia Kim by an 8-4 margin.

The Ephs' lead was only temporary, however, as the Cardinals quickly found a response through the top pairing of Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu, who downed Hannah Atkinson and Chloe Henderson, 8-3.

With the final match to determine who would take the much-coveted doubles advantage into the singles portion, the veteran Eph pairing of Juli Raventos and Linda Shin delivered for the Massachusetts side, as the two bested the Cardinal pairing of Helen Klass-Warch and Nicole McCann, 8-4.

The Ephs rode their momentum from the end of doubles into the start of singles with wins on Courts 3, 4, 5, and 6 to clinch the overall dual in favor of the visitors.

Julia Cancio's match on Court 6 was the first to be decided, as the junior breezed to a straight set, 6-0, 6-0, victory against Dasha Dubinsky.

Her senior teammate, Atkinson, followed up that win with a similarly dominant performance on Court 4 against Klass-Warch with a pair of 6-1 sets to pull the Ephs to within one point of securing the dual.

With the win in-sight, Mia Gancayco delivered the finishing blow to the Cardinals on Court 5 against Nicole McCann. Following in her teammates' footsteps, Gancayco never conceded McCann an opportunity to work her way into the match, stifling the junior Cardinal, 6-2, 6-3.

Even with the match wrapped up, each side continued to fight for every point, and the Cardinals finally notched their first point of the singles portion on Court 1, as Chong turned around a 6-1 first-set loss to Leah Bush, with a 7-5 second set and a 10-2 third-set match-tiebreaker.

Of the remaining two courts, the Ephs and Cardinals split the points.

First, Linda Shin outlasted Budhiraja in three sets, laying down a 6-1 marker in the first set, before exchanging 6-2 sets in the second and third.

Finally, the match between Yu and Raventos came to its conclusion as well, with the sophomore from Texas getting the better of the junior from Costa Rica after a hard-fought 7-5, 6-2 contest.

After the match, Eph head coach Alison Swain praised her team's resilience and grit, coming off their loss against Middlebury the day before: "Today was a great rebound from yesterday. We played fantastic first sets across the board and played as a team to get the win today."

The Ephs return home for the remainder of the regular season, and have five days off to prepare, before they return to action against arch-rivals Amherst. The Ephs host the Mammoths next Saturday, with the dual set to get underway at 1 PM EDT for the Ephs' first home contest of the spring season at the Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts.


Williams 6, Wesleyan (Conn.) 3

  1. Chong, Eudice (WESLEYAN) def. Bush, Leah (WILLIAMS) 1-6, 7-5, 1-0(2)
  2. Yu, Victoria (WESLEYAN) def. Raventos, Juli (WILLIAMS) 7-5, 6-2
  3. Shin, Linda (WILLIAMS) def. Budhiraja, Aashli (WESLEYAN) 6-1, 2-6, 6-2
  4. Atkinson, Hannah (WILLIAMS) def. Klass-Warch, Helen (WESLEYAN) 6-1, 6-1
  5. Gancayco, Mia (WILLIAMS) def. McCann, Nicole (WESLEYAN) 6-2, 6-3
  6. Cancio, Julia (WILLIAMS) def. Dubinsky, Dasha (WESLEYAN) 6-0, 6-0
  1. Chong, Eudice/Yu, Victoria (WESLEYAN) def. Atkinson, Hannah/Henderson, Chloe (WILLIAMS) 8-3
  2. Raventos, Juli/Shin, Linda (WILLIAMS) def. Klass-Warch, Helen/McCann, Nicole (WESLEYAN) 8-5
  3. Cancio, Julia/Zheng, Emily (WILLIAMS) def. Budhiraja, Aashli/Kim, Julia (WESLEYAN) 8-4

Order of Finish:
Doubles – 3, 1, 2
Singles – 6, 4, 5, 1, 3, 2

Match Notes:
Williams: 8-4, NESCAC 2-1, nationally ranked #3, regionally ranked #1 (Northeast)
Wesleyan: 6-1, NESCAC 1-1, nationally ranked #6, regionally ranked #3 (Northeast)