Williams defeats rival Amherst
Alotta becomes second Eph to win 100 singles matches
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Top-ranked Williams outlasted No. 3 Amherst 5-4 on Sunday.
Amherst got off to a hot start. Their number one doubles team of Jordan Brewer and Laura Danzig took out Kara Shoemaker and Taylor French soundly at 8-1. Williams' number two team of Kathleen Elkins and Kristin Alotta evened the score at 1, taking their match 8-5. Then came the rain, and a move to Williams' indoor facility. When play resumed, Gabby Devlin and Caroline Richman of Amherst were able to edge Caroline Capute and Rebecca Curran 9-7 to take a 9-7 lead into singles play.
Amherst's Laura Danzig was first off court with a three-set win against Kara Shoemaker to give the Jeffs a 3-1 lead.
Alotta, needing a win to become only the second player in Williams history with 100 singles victories, stepped up when it mattered most. After losing her first set 6-0, she dug in to take the second set 6-3, and finished the job with another 6-3 win in the third set.
Nancy Worley then lost for the Ephs in a close three sets, leaving Amherst only one point away from victory.
Elkins won her first set at number four 6-2, but lost the second in a tiebreaker. With her team relying her third set result, she stepped up and delivered a 6-0 win to clinch her match.
Curran had a sound 6-3, 6-0 win to draw the match even.
The score stood at 4-4, with only the number six players left on court. Capute had dropped her first set to Amherst's Safi Aly, but battled back to take the third 6-3. Capute finished well, taking the crucial third set 6-2, to clinch the match for Williams.
"I'm particularly proud of our seniors today for really leading this team on and off the court through this match. Amherst is a great team and this rivalry continually brings out the best in both of our squads," said a satisfied Alison Swain after the match.