Williamstown, MA - The Ephs sustained a hard loss at home against their historic rival Amherst College, losing all matches for a final score of 9-0. This was the second consecutive year the Ephs lost to Amherst, and brings the overall series record between the schools to 42-41 in favor of Williams. The host alternates each year and this edition was hosted in the Purple Valley.
There were some close matches, especially on the doubles side. Katherine Orgielewicz and Emily Zheng were narrowly defeated by Jackie Bukzin and Claire Evans 8-6. Rachel Cross and Julia Pham also lost a close one to Maggie Owensby and Anya Ramras by the same score of 8-6. Pham and Cross were both returning to competitive play after being stopped by injuries for many months.
Ephs Coach Anik Cepeda said about the team's defeat, ""No one likes to get beaten this badly. Amherst showed up and was ready for a fight, and there were stretches of doubles that showed promise of that kind of rivalry match. We will go back to the drawing board and use this experience to get better. Shoutout to Rachel and Julia - this was their first competitive match in a long time. And a big thank you to Amherst for giving us so much valuable feedback."
In two weeks, the team will play the Middlebury College Invitational, which will wrap up the fall season.
Bukzin/Evans (Amherst) def. Orgielewicz/Zheng (8-6)
Smukler/Ivenitsky (Amherst) def. Henderson/Bennett (8-4)
Owensby/Ramras (Amherst) def. Cross/Pham (8-6)
Smukler (Amherst) def. Orgielewicz (6-1, 6-0)
Bukzin (Amherst) def. Zheng (6-0, 6-1)
Sha (Amherst) def. Henderson (6-4, 6-0)
Owensby (Amherst) def. Jamroz (6-1, 6-2)
Dewire (Amherst) def. Bennett (6-0, 6-0)
Ivenitsky (Amherst) def. Yang (6-0, 6-1)