CLAREMONT, CA – In her singles quarterfinal match Eph senior Juli Raventos defeated Caroline Casper from Pomona-Pitzer College in straight sets. Raventos opened the match in a strong fashion and quickly took care of business in the first set, winning 6-2.
Things were a little different in the second set as Casper broke a 1-1 tie with three straight wins to go up 4-1.
Raventos then settled matters once and for all when she won the next five games in a row to close out the match. The victory over Casper was Raventos' 100th singles win as an Eph.
With the win Raventos advanced to a semifinal showdown with Wesleyan's Eudice Chong. Chong's only loss to a DIII player in her career came at the hands of Raventos. Chong is the defending NCAA Singles champion.
Chong knocked Raventos out of the singles tournament with a straight sets win 6-1, 6-1.
Raventos and Cancio improved to 31-2 on the year and they have yet to lose this spring.
Raventos was a four-time All-American in singles and is a four-time All-American in doubles and she has won two NCAA Doubles titles heading into this year's semifinals tomorrow.
In her singles career in the Purple Valley Raventos won 100 matches and lost 17, which translates into an .855 winning percentage. "It'll be a while before D3 sees another player like Juli Raventos," stated Eph head coach Anik Cepeda. "She was truly a joy to watch on court and has accomplished so much in her career at Williams. Congrats, Juli!"
In their doubles quarterfinls match today Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio faced Marjorie Antohi and Claire Handa from the University of Chicago. The Eph duo was crisp and efficient rattling off identical 6-1 wins to advance to tomorrow's semifnal round, where they will face Anya Ivenitsky and Avery Wagman from Amherst at 3:30 PM EST with the hopes of advancing to championship match slated for 5:30 PM EST.
"JC and Juli continue to be a balance between finesse and force - the Chicago match was a continuation of that story. Looking forward to facing Amherst in the semis tomorrow," stated Eph head coach Anik Cepeda.
Raventos and Cancio squared off against Ivenitsky and Wagman in the NCAA team portion of the tournament in the quarterfinals in Claremont and they defeated the Mammoth pairing 8-1