Ephs Close Out Morehouse Invitational Strong

2018 Morehouse Award Winners (L to R): Christina Puccinelli (M), Laura Swenson (S) , and Leah Bush (W)
2018 Morehouse Award Winners (L to R): Christina Puccinelli (M), Laura Swenson (S) , and Leah Bush (W)

Williamstown, MA - The Ephs wrapped up day 3 of the Lindsay Morehouse Invitational, named for Eph and former women's tennis captain Lindsay Morehouse, who passed away in the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001. Williams played four doubles matches against Skidmore and three singles matches against Middlebury, winning all doubles and all singles matches. The tournament has no winner, as it is played in a round-robin style with no elimination, allowing for players to have more time on the court.

"First tournament [is] under our belts!" said head coach Anik Cepeda. "Competition gives us feedback on where we're at and where we need to go. We're looking forward to two more weeks of work!"

Korina Neveux '19 and Chloe Henderson '20 swept Skidmore's Sofia Carlsson and Arielle Gal 6-0 in their first match of the day. First-year Maxine Ng and junior Emily Zheng also defeated Skidmore 6-2 in their first match. In the second round of doubles, the Ephs switched partners, with Neveux and Zheng facing down Skidmore 6-3. Ng and Henderson played a grueling tiebreaker set, eventually winning out 7-3.

In singles, Williams came away three for three, with Neveux, Henderson, and Ng all foiling their Middlebury opponents. Overall, the Ephs won 17 of their 21 matches against Skidmore and Middlebury over the weekend.

One player from each attending school was presented with the Lindsay Morehouse Award, given to a senior who possesses sportsmanship, friendliness, and character, among other qualities. The players awarded were Skidmore's Laura Swenson, Middlebury's Christina Puccinelli, and Williams' Leah Bush, who is also captain of tennis team. "Leah is a leader in giving 100% of what she has to offer," said Coach Cepeda. "I'm excited for her year!"

The Ephs will play next at the ITA from September 28-30. The annual match against perennial rival Amherst will take place on October 6 at Amherst College.

Fall 2018 Morehouse Invitational
Skidmore, Middlebury, and Williams College

Sunday 8:30 Doubles
Ng/Zheng (W) def. Fukushige/Soohoo (S)    6-2
Neveux/Henderson (W) def. Carlsson/Gal (S)    6-0

Sunday 9:30 Doubles
Henderson/Ng (W) def. Fukushige/Koiava (S)    7-6 (7-3)
Neveux/Zheng (W) def. Ahn/Carlsson (S)    6-3

Sunday 10:30 Singles
Henderson (W) def. Bian (M)    6-1, 6-2
Neveux (W) def. Ruhi (M)    6-4, 6-2
Ng (W) def. Dahl (M)    6-2, 6-0

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