Ephs Defeat Southwestern University (TX) in First Match on West Coast, 9-0

Emily Zheng '20
Emily Zheng '20

LOS ANGELES -- The Williams College women's tennis team (3-0) defeated Southwestern University (5-3),9-0, today in match played at the University of Southern California (USC) Tennis Center.

Former Eph women's tennis head coach Alison Swain '01, now the head coach at USC, hosted the Ephs and the Pirates. Southwestern University's President is former Eph math professor Edward Burger -- there's almost always a Williams connection. "We're grateful to Alison and all of her Trojans for sharing their space with us today - it was a fun atmosphere!," commented Eph head coach Anik Cepeda. "What a beautiful facility and a total treat for our team."

Today marked the first time this spring that the Ephs had played a match outdoors after having downed Skidmore on the road indoors 9-0 to open the spring portion of their schedule.

In the most recent ITA Tennis NCAA DIII rankings the Ephs were ranked second behind Emory University and Southwestern was ranked 23rd.

The Ephs swept the doubles play winning at #1, 8-3, and at #3, 8-4, while at #2 Chloe Henderson and Rachel Cross won by a score of 8-1 to give Williams a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.

In singles play the Ephs also won all six of the matches as well with only the match at #2 going three sets. First year Rachel Cross dropped the first set 4-6, but quickly rebounded to take the second set 6-1 and then claimed the third set 6-0 for the win.

"This match was a great transition to outdoor tennis - we'll use this experience to build confidence for the upcoming matches," stated Cepeda.

Following the match the Southwestern and Williams alumni assiciations hosted a lunch for the two teams on the campus of USC. 

  Williams Southwestern Winner Score Finish  
1. Juli Raventos
Julia Cancio
Mary Cardone
Anna Schneeman 
 Williams  8-3  3  
2. Chloe Henderson
Rachel Cross
Esther Bowers
Julie Swets 
 Williams  8-1  1  
3. Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio
Emily Zheng
Nicole Wilson
Maranda Kahl 
 Williams  8-4  2  
Ex. Korina Neveux
Mia Gancayco
 Cecile Wilde
Marana Quetzeri 
Williams 8-1    
1. Juli Raventos  Mary Cardone  Williams 6-0, 6-3   
2. Rachel Cross  Taite Drews-Jones  Williams  4-6, 6-1, 6-0  5  
3. Leah Bush  Anna Schneeman  Williams 6-3, 6-3 6  
4. Chloe Henderson  Esther Bowers  Williams 7-5*, 6-1   
5. Mia Gancayco  Marana Quetzeri  Williams 6-0, 6-0,   
6. Julia Cancio  Cecile Wilde  Williams 6-1, 6-0   
Ex. Korina Neveux Emilie Moeller Williams 8-2    

The Ephs return to action tomorrow when they will travel to Azusa, Calif., to take on NCAA DII Azusa Pacific University in a match slated to start at 4:30 PM EST.

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