CLAREMONT, CA -- The #2 Williams College women's tennis team (5-0) played the Claremont Mudd Scripps (CMS) Athenas (16-1) on the courts at CMS that will host this year's NCAA DIII quarterfinals, semifinals, and championship matches for both women and men.
The Ephs pinned the first loss of the season on CMS, 5-4, snapping the Athenas' win streak at 16. The hard fought match saw four of the six singles matches go three sets.
The fifth and deciding point came from senior Julia Cancio playing on court six. Cancio who had teamed with classmate Juli Raventos to deliver the Ephs' first point of the match was called on to deliver the fifth and deciding point.
Williams held a 2-1 advantage after doubles play on the strength of wins by the duo of Juli Raventos/Julia Cancio at #1 and the pairing of Chloe Henderson/Rachel Cross at #2. Raventos and Cancio won by a score of 8-3, while Henderson and Cross were 8-2 winners.
The Ephs' #3 doubles team of Giulia McDonnel Nieto Del Rio/Emily Zheng fell 8-4.
Raventos quickly boosted the Eph lead to 3-1 when she won at #1 singles in straight sets
The fourth Eph match point came from Chloe Henderson at #4 who won is straight sets.
With the match all square at four all, all eyes turned to court six where Julia Cancio had dropped the first set 5-7, but she bounced back to take the second set 6-3. The third set was knotted at two, when Cancio ran off four wins to clinch the win with her 6-2 decision in the third set, keeping the Ephs perfect on the year.
"This was a classic battle," noted Eph head coach Anik Cepeda. "Congrats to the Athenas for leaving everything on the court - they battled and hustled for every ball and we responded well to the challenge. I'm impressed with our growth this week. This match tested our resilience and our grit. A big congrats to JC (Cancio), this was the first 5-4 clinch of her career. She continues to be an example for her teammates of what it means to compete and celebrate every point. We'll take the learning moments and the confidence with us to San Diego - go Purp!!"
Next up for the Ephs is a match tomorrow morning at 11:00 PST versus the NCAA DII University of California San Diego Tritons in San Diego. The Tritons are 8-7 on the year, but have won five of their last eight matches.
|3.||Giulia McDonnell Nieto Del Rio
|1.||Juli Raventos||Catherine Allen||Williams||6-2, 6-1||1|
|2.||Rachel Cross||Nicole Tan||CMS||6-3, 7-6||2|
|3.||Leah Bush||Lindsay Brown||CMS||6-0, 4-6,6-2||3|
|4.||Chloe Henderson||Kyla Scott||Williams||6-7 (6), 6-4||4|
|5.||Mia Gancayco||Catherine Cox||CMS||5-7, 6-3, 6-4||5|
|6.||Julia Cancio||Rebecca Berger||Williams||5-7, 6-3, 6-2||6|
|Ex.||Kroina Neveux||Jessie Cruz||CMS||8-7, 7-4|
|Ex.||Sasha Caward||Madison Shea||CMS||8-0|