May 25, 2010

Courtesy of Williams College Athletics

FREDERICKSBURG, VA - One winning streak had to end and one had to continue when Williams College and Gustavus Adolphus College met in the NCAA Women's Tennis Quarterfinals this afternoon on the campus of Mary Washington University.

A 16-match Gustavus Adolphus win streak was halted, while the Williams NCAA Tournament win streak was extended to 13 as Williams downed Gustavus Adolphus 5-0, advancing the Ephs to the semifinals tomorrow afternoon at 2:00 PM vs. the University of Chicago. Chicago defeated Pomona 5-1.

Back on March 26 the Ephs edged Chicago 5-4, despite trailing 2-1 after doubles in a match played at Mary Washington University.

The Williams women's tennis team improved to 21-3 on the year, while Gustavus dropped to 33-11 with the loss. The win by the Ephs marked the 11th consecutive year that Gustavus had lost in the quarterfinal round, a streak that the Ephs began in 1999. Nikki Reich '11

Overall the Ephs are now 46-13 in 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and Gustavus is 34-24 in 22 appearances

During their 16-match win streak Gustavus had come out of doubles play holding the lead in the last 15 matches, but that streak ended this afternoon as well as Williams swept the doubles. The Ephs sent a strong message right from the start of the match with their aggressive tandem tactics. "We played really aggressive and smart and we took advantage of every available opportunity," said Eph head coach Alison Swain. "This was by far our best doubles play of the year and it gave us great momentum heading into singles."

Playing at #2 Kristin Alotta/Nikki Reich won first downing the Gusties' Megan Gaard/Marianne Barau 8-2 and then the Ephs first and third doubles teams each won by the score of 8-5 to produce a commanding lead of 3-0.

"I was very impressed with how everyone was able to take control of the match across the board," commented senior Ashley Parsons. "No one let up, not even for one point." Caroline Capute '12

Williams and Gustavus had met three times previously in the NCAA Tournament with the Ephs holding a 2-1 advantage. All three prior matches ended with a score of 5-4; Williams won in 1994 and 1999 and Gustavus took the 1995 contest.

In today's morning matches Amherst advanced to the semifinal round with a 5-0 win over Carnegie Mellon and Emory downed Denison 5-2. Amherst and Emory will meet tomorrow at 9:00 AM to determine which team will advance to play the winner of tomorrow's 2:00 PM semifinal for the 2010 NCAA title at 1:00 PM on Thursday. The loser of that match will play the loser of the second semifinal match to determine third place on Thursday morning.