WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The ITA tournament, hosted this year by Williams, opened with 19 schools in attendance from around the northeast. 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams competed on Friday, with two rounds of singles and one round of doubles. Due to the morning rain, matches were held at both the Bennington (VT) Tennis Center and Lansing Chapman Rink on campus at Williams.
Three Ephs advanced to the round of 32, defeating players from Colby, Wesleyan, and Colby-Sawyer. Junior Chloe Henderson, who is seeded 2nd in the tournament, went 6-1 6-1 in her match against Colby-Sawyer. She fell to Elena Pellegrini of Trinity in her second match of the day. Both Emily Zheng '20 and Maxine Ng '22 prevailed against their first round opponents. In the round of 32, Zheng won a hard-fought match against MIT 1-6, 6-2, 12-10. Ng fell to Patricia Obeid of Tufts (seeded 7th) in her third round of singles. First-year Julia Pham lost to Keren Khromchenko of Brandice. The top seeded player for the tournament, Victoria Yu of Wesleyan, won both of her matches for today.
In doubles, all three teams advanced to the second round, with the teams of Bush/Henderson (seeded 2nd) and Neveux/Ng (seeded 5th) winning 8-1. Pham and Zheng won their match 8-7 (3). Victoria Yu and Kristina Yu of Wesleyan, the 1st seeded doubles team, won their match against Brandice.
"Something I admire about this group is their willingness to listen and be coached and their support for one another," said head coach Anik Cepeda. "I thought that was on full display today. My shoutouts go to Emily for saving match points in all three of her matches and to the freshmen Maxine and Julia who have shown a lot of growth in just three short weeks."
The winners of the ITA will be given All-American status and advance to the 2018 Oracle Cup in Rome, Georgia, taking place on October 11-14th.
The ITA will continue through Sunday.