WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - After a dreary Saturday afternoon that questioned the viability of the Ephs' outdoor courts, Sunday was entirely the opposite, as the Ephs had no fears of being moved indoors on Sunday morning, when they welcomed the Mules of Colby College to the Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts. Though the two sides had not played since the spring of 2014, the two teams renewed their NESCAC rivalry, only for the Ephs to maintain their all-time perfect record against the blue and gray, thanks to an 8-1 win.
Just as they did the day before, the Ephs asserted themselves in the doubles portion, starting strong out of the gates to secure all three doubles points.
Julia Cancio and Emily Zheng put in another impeccable shift on Court 3, blanking their opponents, Emily Dyckman and Aleks Piibe, finishing only a few minutes before Juli Raventos and Leah Bush concluded their own match on Court 2, 8-1, to ensure the Ephs of their advantage heading into singles.
The Ephs did not stop there, however, and the top Eph doubles partnership of Hannah Atkinson and Chloe Henderson completed the doubles sweep of the Mules with an 8-3 win over Gabriela and Lydia Venditti.
The Mules were afforded little time to recover, before singles began and before the Ephs were on them again, with the purple and gold taking the first sets on all six courts.
In spite of this, however, the Mules were the first on the board in singles, after Zheng was forced into a retirement on Court 5 against Jamie Pine.
The Mules were unable to capitalize on the Ephs' misfortune, however, and they quickly found themselves on the brink, after Henderson finished off Dyckman on Court 6 in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-1, bringing the Ephs to within one point of clinching the dual.
They did not have to wait long, as Mia Gancayco was hot on the heels of her first-year teammate, as the junior dismissed Piibe on Court 4, 6-0 and 6-0, to guarantee the Ephs their 11th victory of the season, as well as their 4th straight in the heart of conference season.
The Ephs remaining three matches on the court also took little further time to resolve, as Bush, Atkinson, and Raventos all paved their own ways to victory, with none of them giving up more than three games over the span of two sets.
"We played really solid tennis all weekend," praised Eph head coach Alison Swain after her team's confident victory over the Mules. "I am excited by how much our team has improved over the last week, and we will hit the courts again this week focused and ready to work."
The Ephs will continue their home run of matches against NESCAC foes next weekend for their final two duals of the regular season, first against Tufts on Saturday in their penultimate dual, before their final one of the regular season against Trinity (Conn.) on Sunday. The Ephs' match against the Jumbos is set to get underway at 12 PM EDT next Saturday.
Williams 8, Colby 1
- Atkinson, Hannah/Henderson, Chloe (WILLIAMS) def. Venditti, Gabriela/Venditti, Lydia (COLBY) 8-3
- Bush, Leah/Raventos, Juli (WILLIAMS) def. Lupone, Maddie/Pine, Jamie (COLBY) 8-1
- Cancio, Julia/Zheng, Emily (WILLIAMS) def. Dyckman, Emily/Piibe, Aleks (COLBY) 8-0
- Raventos, Juli (WILLIAMS) def. Venditti, Lydia (COLBY) 6-0, 6-2
- Bush, Leah (WILLIAMS) def. Venditti, Gabriela (COLBY) 6-0, 6-1
- Atkinson, Hannah (WILLIAMS) def. Lupone, Maddie (COLBY) 6-1, 6-2
- Gancayco, Mia (WILLIAMS) def. Piibe, Aleks (COLBY) 6-0, 6-0
- Pine, Jamie (COLBY) def. Zheng, Emily (WILLIAMS) 2-6 (ret.)
- Henderson, Chloe (WILLIAMS) def. Dyckman, Emily (COLBY) 6-0, 6-1
Order of Finish:
Doubles - 3, 2, 1
Singles - 5, 6, 4, 2, 3, 1
Williams 11-4, NESCAC 5-1, nationally ranked #4, regionally ranked #2 (Northeast)
Colby 8-6, NESCAC 1-5, nationally unranked, regionally ranked #17 (Northeast)