May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Williams Athletics

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. –
Williams women’s tennis (19-3), host of this weekend’s three-round regional sectional of the 2010 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Tournament, began their quest for a third consecutive national title with a 5-0 sweep of Wheaton College (17-3).

“It was a great start to the tournament,” said Williams head coach Alison Swain.  “It feels good to have a match under out belts.”

Wheaton advanced to second-round action with a 5-2 defeat of Ithaca in a first-round contest yesterday.  Williams, who received a first-round bye as the second-seeded team in the tournament, put the Lyons in an early 3-0 hole and Wheaton could not push past a very talented and tournament-tested Ephs singles ladder.

Williams’ two and three pairs defeated their Wheaton counterparts in identical 8-3 showings.  Grace Baljon and Taylor French were challenged at court one by the Lyons’ Sarah Geocaris and Catherine Teague.  The match was sent to a tiebreak where Williams narrowly defeated Wheaton, 9-8 (8-6).

The final doubles victory gave all the momentum to the Ephs, and Williams took care of business quickly in singles.  Caroline Capute tallied the fourth point at court six with a dominant straight set win over Rosalyn Chesky, 6-0, 6-0.  Lucy Marchese followed just fifteen minutes later with a victory at court four to send the Ephs into the third-round with a 6-2, 6-0 result.

“It’s wonderful to be hosting at home,” commented Swain.  “It is an exciting tournament to have on campus, and I  think we have been providing the other teams with a great experience as well which is important when you host.”

Williams will take on the winner of the Tufts/Skidmore match tomorrow at 12:00 a.m.
“We know whether we play Skidmore or Tufts that they are tested and experienced teams,” said Swain.  “It will be a tough match but I feel like our team has great momentum heading into the match and are looking forward to being pushed.”

Williams 5, Wheaton 0
Doubles:
1) Grace Baljon/Taylor French (W) def. Sarah Geocaris/Catherine Teague (WHE) --- 9-8 (8-6)

2) Kristin Alotta/Nikki Reich (W) def. Allesandra DiOrio/Katherine Knies (WHE) --- 8-3

3) Lucy Marchese/Caroline Capute (W) def. Ellen Van Faasen/Rosalyn Chesky (WHE) --- 8-3
Singles:

1) Baljon (W) vs. Geocaris (WHE)???--- DNF W 6-5

2) Alotta (W) vs. Teague (WHE) --- DNF W 6-4, 1-0

3) Reich (W) vs. Van Faasen (WHE)??? ---- DNF W 6-2, 4-1

4) Marchese (W) def. DiOrio (WHE)???--- 6-2, 6-0

5) Nancy Worley (W) vs. Knies (WHE)???--- DNF W 6-1, 3-0

6) Capute (W) def. Chesky (WHE) --- 6-0, 6-0