Williams sweeps into Elite Eight
Ephs top Bowdoin, seeking fourth consecutive national title
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams picked up a 5-0 victory against Bowdoin to advance to the national quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon. Williams opened the match by winning all three doubles matches, but it wasn't easy. The Ephs No. 2 tandem of Kristin Alotta and Taylor French opened their match falling behind 4-0, but then bounced back to win 8-5, taking 8 of the last 9 games of the match.
At No. 1 doubles the Eph duo of Lucy Marchese and Nikki Reich built at 5-0 lead and ended up downing Bowdoin's Kellen Alberstone and Kate Winingham 8-4. Williams' No. 3 pairing of Kathleen Elkins and Caroline Capute were in control of their match from the start and prevailed over the Polar Bear team of Hannah Hoerner and Chantale Lavertu, 8-3, to give Williams a 3-0 lead heading into singles play.
Kathleen Elkins then started off singles play by defeating Emma Lewis in straight sets, 6-2, 6-2 to give the Ephs their fourth point of the match. It would be senior Lucy Marchese that would close out the match for Williams, finishing off her opponent, Chantalle Lavertu, 6-4, 6-2.
With the win the Ephs advance to tha national quarterfinals to be hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on May 24th in Claremont, CA, where they will play the host team. Claremont-Mudd-Scrpps is currently 21-3 on the year.
Williams is gunnning for their fourth consecutive NCAA title under fourth-year head coach Allison Swain. Swain currently owns an NCAA Tournament record of 17-0.