William & Mary 4, Wisconsin 1

May 13, 2005

CLEMSON, SC The College of William & Mary earned its third consecutive trip to the second round of the NCAA Womens Tennis Championships with a 4-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin in first round action on Friday at Clemson Universitys Hoke Sloan Tennis Complex. The Tribe has advanced to at least the second round in each NCAA Appearance since 2003. With the win, William & Mary improves to 20-5 overall, while the University of Wisconsin completes its season with a record of 15-9. William & Mary will face the winner of the Clemson-Furman match on Saturday at 1:00 PM.

It was a huge match for us, said William & Mary head coach Kevin Epley. Wisconsin came out and was playing unbelievable doubles. We had to make some adjustments. Some of the things they were doing we were not prepared for, but we did make those adjustments. We fought hard and got back in there, and to pick up those two wins after being down on all three courts was huge for momentum going into singles.

Wisconsin has a very scrappy team. We had to dig deep and overcome some physical woes and cumulative woes that have haunted us all season. The team dug deep and we are happy with the result.

In doubles play, Wisconsin appeared to be on its way to a sweep of the doubles matches early. The Badgers Katie McGaffigan and Caitlin Burke defeated William & Marys Megan Moulton-Levy and Megan Muth by a score of 8-2 at flight one doubles, and the Badgers were leading on the other two doubles courts. At flight two, The Tribe began its comeback as William & Marys Kate Boomershine and Candice Fuchs knotted the set score at 5-5 after trailing 3-5. Wisconsins second-seeded team of Lindsay Martin and Kaylan Caiati could not hold off Boomershine and Fuchs rally, as The Tribe reeled off another three games to capture the flight two doubles match by a score of 8-5. Flight three was a carbon-copy of the match at flight two, as Wisconsins Nicole Beck and Chelsea Nusslock held a 5-3 advantage before Lena Sherbakov and Amy Wei of William & Mary won five consecutive games to clinch the doubles point for The Tribe.

Wisconsins Caitlin Burke tied the match score at 1-1 after William & Marys Candice Fuchs was forced to retire after the completion of the first set. At flight four, The Tribe took a 2-1 lead, as Megan Muth defeated the Badgers Kaylan Caiati by a score of 6-2, 6-1. William & Mary picked up its third team point with a victory at flight one. Top-seeded Megan Moulton-Levy of William & Mary defeated Wisconsins Katie McGaffigan by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Lena Sherbakov of William & Mary clinched the match for The Tribe with her 6-3, 6-3 win over Wisconsins Lindsay Martin.

William & Mary 4, Wisconsin 1
1. Katie McGaffigan/Caitlin Burke (UW) def. Megan Moulton-Levy/Megan Muth (W&M) 8-2
2. Kate Boomershine/Candice Fuchs (W&M) def. Lindsay Martin/Kaylan Caiati (UW) 8-5
3. Lena Sherbakov/Amy Wei (W&M) def. Nicole Beck/Chelsea Nusslock (UW) 8-5 Order of Finish: 1,2,3

1. Megan Moulton-Levy (W&M) def. Katie McGaffigan (UW) 6-2, 6-3
2. Caitlin Burke (UW) def. Candice Fuchs (W&M) 6-4, ret.
3. Lena Sherbakov (W&M) def. Lindsay Marton (UW) 6-3, 6-3
4. Megan Muth (W&M) def. Kaylan Caiati (UW) 6-2, 6-1
5. Amy Wei (W&M) vs. Nicole Beck (UW), DNF
6. Lingda Yang (W&M) vs. Chelsea Nusslock (UW), DNF
Order of Finish: 2,4,1,3

-- Courtesy Clemson