WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – In their first match of the year, Williams Tennis overcame rival Amherst by a score of 7-2.
"Williams versus Amherst is special and both teams always bring a little extra something to the court," said Williams Head Coach Anik Cepeda at the conclusion of play.
The day featured the usual three doubles matches and six singles matches, as well as two extra doubles and three extra singles. In the uncounted matches, Williams went 4-1.
"What I saw today was some gritty tennis," said Cepeda, "It wasn't perfect, it wasn't consistently pretty, and still we found a way."
The Ephs secured wins in two of three doubles matches to start the day with Chloe Henderson '20 and Rachel Cross '21 pairing up to defeat their opponents 8-1. Senior duo Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio battled to a 9-7 win. Amherst bounced back in the third doubles slot, however, as sophomores Camille Smukler and Maddie Dewire beat senior/first-year team of Mia Gancayco '18 and Sasha Cayward '21.
Play shifted to singles with Williams needing three wins to clinch. After Raventos fell to Smukler 7-6, 6-2 in first singles, the Ephs would not lose another match. Cross and Gancayco each picked up wins in two sets, while Cayward and Henderson battled through three in order to ultimately emerge victorious. Leah Bush '19 also picked up her first official win of the day with a 6-4, 6-3 victory over Amherst's Vickie Ip, a senior.
In the extra matches, Bush paired up with Emily Zheng '20 to lock in an 8-2 victory while junior Korina Neveux and first-year Ksoosha (xoo-sha) Ramras fell by a score of 8-4. Both Neveux and Ramras bounced back in extra singles, however, as Neveux earned the 6-2, 6-1 victory and Ramras overcame her opponent 6-3, 6-3. Zheng also added a win in the extra singles matches, 6-1, 6-1.
"There are a lot of great points and moments to take from today" said Coach Cepeda, "We'll use this next week to find our rhythm to sharpen patterns and re-visit the basics."
Next week the Ephs will participate in the ITA's, an individual tennis tournament hosted by Williams College this year. The Ephs will look to continue their successful Fall season coming off a win against their rivals.
"Congrats to Amherst for showing up ready to battle and a special thank you to the men's and women's tennis alumni and community members who came out to support!" concluded Cepeda.
The three-day ITA's will begin on September 29th. Williams will then travel to Middlebury for the Middlebury Invite on October 22nd to wrap up the Fall portion of the season.
Complete Results - Williams College vs. Amherst College, September 23rd 2017: