LEXINGTON, Va. – Williams squeaked past perennial power house Emory. The win keeps the Ephs undefeated this spring.
Williams trailed after doubles play 2-1. Caroline Capute and Rebecca Curran earned the lone point in the first session with an 8-2 win, which proved to be crucial.
As has become the custom with Williams, singles play was a different story. The Ephs dominated at numbers 3-6 to earn the four wins they needed. Kathleen Elkins was first off court at No. 5 with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Nancy Worley was not far behind at No. 3 to give the Ephs a 3-2 lead. Capute gave the Ephs a third straight-set victory and Curran finished the job with a 6-4, 7-5 nail-biter.
Kristin Alotta and Kara Shoemaker each had desperately close losses at numbers one and two. Alotta, playing in her first match of the spring, won her first set but would go on to lose the next two. Shoemaker also won her first set, then lost the second in a tie-breaker before losing the third.
“Emory is an experienced team with a lot of talent,” head coach Alison Swain said. “We did a nice job of capitalizing on early opportunities in singles today in order to take five of the first six sets. Today’s win was a real team effort, every single play fought incredibly hard throughout the match.”