Williams races into semifinals
Ephs set rematch with Chicago, which won earlier this season
CLAREMONT, Calif. – Williams captured a 5-0 victory against host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA quarterfinals on Tuesday.
In search of their fourth consecutive national championship, the Ephs advance to Wednesday's semifinals where they will take on Chicago.
"This is the sixth year in a row that we are in the final four," said coach Allison Swain, "and it's a huge accomplishment for our program and we are very excited for tomorrow."
The Ephs jumped out to a commanding 3-0 lead with a sweep of the doubles matches. Leading the way for Williams was Lucy Marchese and Nikki Reich, who combined to earn a hard fought 9-8 (7-5) victory in the No. 1 spot.
"Lucy and Nikki played great. This was a huge victory for us over a very strong doubles team," Swain said.
In singles play, the Ephs were lead by junior Caroline Capute who cruised to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 6. Clinching the quarterfinal victory for Williams was Nancy Worley who came away with the 6-0, 6-2 win at the No. 2 spot.
The Ephs are familiar with their semifinal opponent from the Windy City as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Chicago earlier this season in the Fab 5 Tournament hosted by Emory.
At the conclusion of the Claremont-M-S match, Swain said: "I am really excited for the rematch with Chicago.They are a great program and not only is it a rematch of the match played back in March, but it marks the second year in a row that we have met in the semis."