MIDDLEBURY, VT – Day one of the three day Middlebury Invitational got under way on Friday as Williams faced off against the Brandeis University Judges in doubles. This was the first game action the Ephs had seen since the ITA Regional Championships concluded on October 1st.
The Invitational is structured such that each team will square off against all other teams in both singles and doubles. The four teams involved are Williams, Middlebury, Case Western Reserve University, and Brandeis. Play began Friday afternoon with Middlebury facing Case Western Reserve in doubles followed by the matches between Williams and Brandeis.
The Ephs swept their three matches played on the day. Senior pairing Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio overcame their opponents 8-2. Chloe Henderson, a sophomore, and Rachel Cross, a first-year, followed with a victory of their own, 8-1. In the third match, Brandeis' first-year duo of Isabel Cepeda and Rachel Zubrinsky battled before falling to Leah Bush '19 and Emily Zheng '20 8-5 to end the day.
"An excellent start to the weekend," said Ephs Head Coach Anik Cepeda at the conclusion of play, "The past two weeks we've been competing against one another at home and we're excited to be at Midd playing new opponents."
The Invitational will resume at 9:00 AM ET Saturday, October 21st, as Williams will face Case Western Reserve in doubles. Singles against Middlebury are set to begin at 10:15, followed by doubles matches against Case Western Reserve at 2:00 PM. Sunday will feature doubles against Middlebury and singles against Brandeis.
The Invitational marks the conclusion of the Fall portion of the season for women's tennis. The Spring season will begin in California on March 23rd, 2018. The first and only home match of the Spring will come against Middlebury on April 7th.