AMHERST, MA – Williams Women's Tennis got off to a hot start in the NESCAC Championship today with a 5-0 win over Tufts in the semifinals. It was the second meeting of the two teams in a week, as the Ephs overcame the Jumbos 8-1 on April 28th. The win continued the Ephs' undefeated season as they advanced to 17-0. The fourth seeded Jumbos team had defeated Amherst College in the first round yesterday 5-2 before the loss on Saturday.
Chloe Henderson paired up with Mia Gancayco to notch the first win of the day for the Ephs, overcoming Kat Wiley and Julia Keller by a score of 8-1. Seniors Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio followed with an 8-3 win before Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Korina Neveux completed the doubles sweep with an 8-3 win of their own.
"We played disciplined green light doubles today, took the 3-0 lead, and carried that energy into singles," said Anik Cepeda, the head coach of Williams.
Cancio earned her second win of the day to lead things off in singles play, bringing the Ephs within one win of clinching. Cancio's victory was a 6-3, 6-2 victory over junior Tomo Iwasaki. Raventos followed with a 6-0, 6-4 win, her second victory of the day, to secure the 5-0 victory. Leah Bush dropped her first set 3-6 and was down 4-5 in the second in an unfinished match against Mina Karamercan, while Henderson's match was halted at 6-6 (2-1). Neveux had won her first set 6-4, dropped the second 2-6, and was up 1-0 when Raventos clinched the fifth win. Emily Zheng won her first set 7-5 before play came to a close.
"JC and Juli stepped up their games, while Emily and Kori added scoreboard pressure with a couple key first set wins," said Cepeda. "Shout out to Emily for jumping in and playing a composed and gritty first set. More shout outs to Leah for saving match points and to Chloe for staying so tough in a first set."
The 5-0 victory was the fifth sweep on the year for the Ephs. "It's a joy coaching a team that fights so hard for one another," concluded Cepeda. "We're looking forward to the finals!"
The finals will begin at 9:00AM EDT tomorrow at Amherst. The Ephs will face the 14-2 Middlebury Panthers. The Panthers defeated Wesleyan 5-3 in the semifinals earlier today. The two teams met once during the regular season when the Ephs battled to a 5-4 win on April 7th.
|Juli Raventos||Mina Karamercan||Williams||8-3.|
|Julia Cancio||Otilia Popa|
|Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio||Patricia Obeid||Williams||8-3.|
|Korina Neveux||Lauren Louks|
|Chloe Henderson||Julia Keller||Williams||8-1.|
|Mia Gancayco||Kat Wiley|
|Juli Raventos||Patricia Obeid||Williams||6-0, 6-4|
|Leah Bush||Mina Karamercan||Unfinished||3-6, 4-5|
|Chloe Henderson||Lauren Louks||Unfinished||6-6 (2-1)|
|Julia Cancio||Tomo Iwasaki||Williams||6-3, 6-2|
|Korina Neveux||Zoe Miller||Unfinished||6-4, 2-6, 1-0|
|Emily Zheng||Kat Wiley||Unfinished||7-5.|