May 8, 2009

Courtesy of Vassar Athletics

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – It’s time to face the defending National Champions. After sweeping past Simmons College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship on Friday, the Vassar College women’s team is now scheduled to face host Williams College on Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

No. 21 Vassar (17-4), coming off its seventh straight Liberty League Championship, defeated Simmons (11-5), which received an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship by winning the Great Northeast Athletic Conference title.

Vassar dominated in doubles play to take a commanding 3-0 lead. Nicole Block and Alexis Jacobson of the Brewers took eight straight games to take the match at court three over Simmons’ Jordan Borash and Athene Lynch. Vassar took the wins at courts one and two by 8-4 and 8-2 scores, respectively.

Nicole Pontee, Elizabeth Anderson, and Jamison Steele tallied three quick singles wins. Pontee dealt her opponent a 6-0, 6-0 result at court one, while Anderson lost only one game in the first set at court five for a 6-1, 6-0 win. Steele finished off her Simmons counterpart in the same score at court six.

The Williams Ephs, who won the 2008 National Championship, defeated the Brewers 8-1 in the fall. In the loss, Pontee picked up an impressive 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 1 singles over the Ephs’ Cary Gibson, then the No. 2 player in Division III.