CARY, N.C. — It has become a familiar staple for Williams once the NCAA Tournament comes around… sweep the doubles.
For the ninth consecutive NCAA Tournament match the Ephs did just that, sweeping three doubles points from Claremont-Mudd-Scripps en route to a 5-1 win in the quarterfinals.
All three doubles matches were tightly contested. First off the courts were Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins at second doubles. The match was tied 5-5, but Alotta and Elkins won three of the final four points to give Williams a 1-0 lead.
At No. 3 doubles, Caroline Capute and Rebecca Curran were also tied, 4-4 mid-way through their match. The pair outlasted Chloe Dobbert and Jaclyn Smrecek, 9-7 for a 2-0 lead. Taylor French and Kara Shoemaker made the sweep official by winning their own battle at first doubles, 9-7.
Needing only two singles matches to clinch a spot in the semifinals, several Ephs got off to great starts in the first set. Shoemaker posted a 6-1 win at second singles, Nancy Worley won 6-2 at third singles, Kathleen Elkins won 6-0 at four singles and first-year Maria Pylypiv made quick work of her opponent, 6-0.
Despite playing in her first NCAA Tournament match, Pylypiv didn’t slow down, taking the second set 6-0 for a 6-0, 6-0 victory against Smrecek. Kristin Lim put CMS on the board when she downed Alotta at first singles, 6-2, 6-0, but both Shoemaker and Worley closed in on victories at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively. It was Shoemaker who clinched the victory, battling back from a 5-2 deficit in the second set to win 7-5 and close out her 6-1, 7-5 win and a 5-1 victory for the Ephs.