Middlebury, VT - The Ephs ended the Middlebury Invitational and their fall season on a high note, beating Brandeis University in both doubles matches played today. On the third day of a round-robin tournament that also included Amherst and Middlebury, the Ephs truly found their groove.
Junior Rachel Cross and senior Chloe Henderson defeated Brandeis' Diana Dehtehrevich and Lauren Bertsch in a close tiebreaker 8-7 (6). Senior Emily Zheng and freshman Katherine Orgielewicz soundly beat Isabel Cepeda and Ana Hatfield 8-2.
Reached for comment, Ephs Coach Anik Cepeda said "I feel solid about our take-aways from the weekend. This group has the right mindset and is doing the right things with the right intensity and discipline during practice. They don't complain, it's brilliant. I sense a new level of urgency that's exciting to think about. I'm proud of them."
Cepeda had special words for Cross, noting "she's worked unbelievably hard to be back on court after nearly 18 months of injury."
Unfortunately, Amherst withdrew from the tournament early and was not able to play the Ephs in singles.
Today's action concludes an up-and-down fall season for the Ephs. They'll have plenty of time to train and get even better for their next match at Skidmore on March 7, which is followed by a swing through California.