Ephs Defeated by Bowdoin in NESCAC Championship 5-3

Chloe Henderson '20
Chloe Henderson '20

MIDDLEBURY, VT – In the first round of the NESCAC playoffs, the Williams College women's tennis team was defeated by the Bowdoin College Polar Bears 5-3. This is the final spring event for the Ephs this year.

In doubles, the duo of Leah Bush '19 and Julia Pham '22 stormed the court to take Izzy Essi and Devon Wolfe by surprise, taking the lead in their match. Korina Henderson '19 and Chloe Henderson '20, however, found their opponents set a fast pace on the court and saw Tasha Christ and Julia Marks nose in front early on. Emily Zheng '20 and Maxine Ng '22 of Williams were also down to Sarah Shadowens and Fleming Landau of Bowdoin.

As Bush and Pham continued to compound their success on the court, Ng and Zheng found themselves still unlucky and unable to catch Shadowens and Landau. On the first court, Pham and Bush finished out their doubles with a rousing 8-4 victory. Bowdoin captured the next point, though, as Zheng and Ng fell to Shadowens and Landau 8-6.

With all eyes on Henderson and Neveux, the pair redoubled their efforts and pushed past Christ and Marks to even the score at 6-6, and then pulled in front. A tense back-and-forth followed, with neither duo able to gain the advantage. The Ephs eventually prevailed, as Henderson and Neveux gained an upper hand to win 8-7, putting Williams up 2-1 going into singles.

Neveux found another victory in singles, quickly defeating Christ in their first set 7-5. Henderson was not as lucky, as Wolfe beat her in their first set 6-2. Two courts over, Bush won her first set with ease over Marks with a 6-0 victory.

Over on the fifth court, Bowdoin's Sasa Jovanovic won her first set of the day coming into singles over Williams' Ng 6-3. The other Eph first-year, Pham, was victorious in her first set at a close 6-4. Sarah Yang, a Williams junior, was defeated by Bowdoin's Landau in her first set 6-0.

Similar to her first set, Neveux locked down her second set against Christ with a swift 6-1 win against the Bowdoin junior, giving Williams their first singles point of the day. Bowdoin's Wolf had a similar win against the Ephs' Henderson with a 6-1 victory, putting the score with Williams up 3-2.

The Ephs' Ng was unfortunately defeated in her second set by Jovanovic 6-1, who evened the score at 3-3. Yang also was downed in her second by Landau 6-0, putting Bowdoin in the lead for the first time at 4-3.

Pham's opponent, Essi, rebounded in their second set to win 6-2 for the Bears, making the two the only match to go to a third set of the day. While Bush and Marks did not complete their set and stopped at 5-5 in their second singles set. Pham and Essi battled it out for the last singles match of the day. Essi, however, came out on top to win the set 6-3 and capture Bowdoin's final point to give the Bears the win 5-3.


Full results can be found below.




1. Julia Marks (BOWW) vs. Leah Bush (WILLW) 0-6, 5-5, unfinished

2. Korina Neveux (WILLW) def. Tasha Christ (BOWW) 7-5, 6-1

3. Devon Wolfe (BOWW) def. Chloe Henderson (WILLW) 6-2, 6-1

4. Izzy Essi (BOWW) def. Julia Pham (WILLW) 4-6, 6-2, 6-3

5. Sasa Jovanovic (BOWW) def. Maxine Ng (WILLW) 6-3, 6-1

6. Fleming Landau (BOWW) def. Sarah Yang (WILLW) 6-0, 6-0



1. Julia Pham/Leah Bush (WILLW) def. Devon Wolfe/Izzy Essi (BOWW) 8-4

2. Chloe Henderson/Korina Neveux (WILLW) def. Tasha Christ/Julia Marks (BOWW) 8-7 (7-5)

3. Sarah Shadowens/Fleming Landau (BOWW) def. Maxine Ng/Emily Zheng (WILLW) 8-6


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