WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Ephs kicked off the fall season for women's tennis Friday at the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational. Also participating in the tournament are teams from Middlebury and Skidmore. This annual event is in honor of Eph and former women's tennis captain Lindsay Morehouse '00, who was one of the three Williams alumni/ae who passed away in the September 11th, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City.
Williams faced off against Skidmore in doubles on Friday, making a clean sweep of all three matches. The duo of Leah Bush '19 and Chloe Henderson '20 overcame Risa Fukushige and Dea Koiava 8-1, while Korina Neveux '19 and Maxine Ng '22 defeated Lily Feldman and Audrey Soohoo 8-5. Freshman Julia Pham and junior Emily Zheng won against Sofia Carlsson and Jacqueline Ahn 8-6.
"It's just so fun to compete," said head oach Anik Cepeda. "It's what this team loves to do and it's what we're best at. That's what this tournament does for us, it always gives us excitement for the year ahead and an opportunity to work on new things." Cepeda is in her second year as head coach of women's tennis at Williams and led the team toa third place finish in last year's NCAA championships.
The Morehouse Invitational is played in a round-robin format with three different flights. This allows for players to have more opportunities to participate, as there is no elimination. While no tournament winner will be crowned, on Sunday Williams College will present the Lindsay Morehouse award to one senior player from each participating team who shows "kindness, giving, [and a] team-first attitude," said coach Cepeda.
The tournament will continue through the weekend, with Williams facing off against Middlebury and Skidmore in singles and doubles. The fall season will conclude with the Middlebury Invitational, starting on October 12th and ending the 14th.
Fall 2018 Morehouse Invitational
Skidmore, Middlebury, and Williams College
Friday 5:00 Doubles Williams v. Skidmore
Bush/Henderson (W) def. Fukushige/Koiava (S) 8-1
Neveux/Ng (W) def. Feldman/Soohoo (S) 8-5
Pham/Zheng (W) def. Carlsson/Ahn (S) 8-6
Friday 6:15 Doubles Middlebury v. Skidmore
Fukushige/Koiava (S) def. Skelly/Bian (M) 8-3
Karchere-Sun/Swenson (S) def. Dahl/Kamdar (M) 8-2
Puccinelli/Gorman (M) def. Decarli/Gal (S) 8-3