May 21, 2009


Courtesy of Williams College Athletics

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. -- For the second straight year and the fourth time in school history, Williams College won the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships.

The Ephs entered the Championships with only two losses on the season, both to Amherst, but won the critical Championship match today to post back-to-back women’s tennis titles for the second time in school history. The Ephs also won consecutive titles in 2001 and 2002.
Williams had to rally to claim the title after Amherst won two out of three in the doubles competition. They did so by topping the Lord Jeffs at the numbers one, three, four and five singles positions. Nicole Reich knocked off Jill Wexler at #3, 6-4, 6-3 while Lucy Marchese took care of Laken King at #5, 6-4, 6-0. Leading Amherst 3-2 on the scoreboard, Williams picked up the final two points for the Championship win in a matter of seconds from one another.

At the #4 slot, Kristin Alotta put away Natasha Brown, 7-5, 6-4. Only moments later, Grace Baljon topped Brittany Berckes, 6-4, 6-3 to set off a wild celebration on the courts at the Collins Hill Athletics Club in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

The Ephs' Baljon and Taylor French won at two doubles, but Amherst claimed victories at one and three to take a 2-1.

Baljon and French won 8-1 over Ankola and Bell.

In the last meeting between the two archrivals the Ephs led 2-1 after doubles play and Amherst won the match 5-4, but today Amherst takes a one point advantage into the six singles matches.


1.   Brittany Berckes/Natasha Brown (A) def. Nikki Reich/Cary Gibson (W) – 8-3

2.   Taylor French/Grace Baljon (W) def. Anuja Ankola/Amelia Bell (A) – 8-1

3.    Laura Danzig/Jill Wexler (A) def. Kristin Alotta/Annie Hancock (W) -- 8-2


1.   Grace Baljon (W) vs. Brittany Berckes (A)  -- 6-4, 6-3

2.   Cary Gibson (W) vs. Carlissa King (A) -- DNF

3.   Nikki Reich (W) vs. Jill Wexler (A) -- 6-4, 6-3

4.   Kristin Alotta (W) vs. Natasha Brown (A) -- 7-5, 6-4

5.   Lucy Marchese (W) vs. Laken King (A) -- 6-4, 6-0

6.   Annie Hancock (W) vs. Amelia Bell (A) -- DNF