WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Tufts, playing in its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament, had an easy 5-0 win against Salem State in the second round on Saturday at Williams.
The Jumbos (9-10), who received a first-round bye, will play the host Ephs in the third round on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. ET. The Ephs defeated Elizabethtown 6-0 in the second round also on Saturday. The winner will move on to the national quarterfinals in Cary, N.C. on May 21.
Tufts breezed to a sweep of doubles against Salem State (13-3). Sophomore Samantha Gann and junior Janice Lam finished first, winning 8-0 at No. 2. The Jumbo No. 1 pair of junior captain Lindsay Katz with sophomore Shelci Bowman had an 8-1 victory. At No. 3, first-year Sophie Schonfeld and sophomore Rebecca Kimmel extended the Tufts lead to 3-0 with an 8-2 victory.
The Jumbos needed just two singles victories to finish off the Vikings. They got them from Gann at No. 4, where she won 6-0 and 6-1, and from Lam at No. 6, where she did not lose a game. Jumbo players were winning handily in the other four matches that were stopped once Tufts had secured the match.
Tufts improved to 13-11 overall in NCAA Championships play. It will have a tough task in the third round on Sunday. Williams (20-2) has won four consecutive NCAA team titles (2008-11).