May 14, 2010

Courtesy of Skidmore College

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA. - Skidmore (11-6) cruised past Mount Saint Mary (18-2) for a 5-0 win in first-round action of the 2010 Division III NCAA Women's Tennis Tournament at Williams College. The 19th-ranked Thoroughbreds will take on 11th-ranked Tufts tomorrow in the second round at 1:00 p.m.

This was Mount Saint Mary's first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, as the Blue Knights received an automatic bid as champions of the Skyline Conference. Skidmore, the runner-up in the Liberty League, showed their talent and experience in the quick win over their first-round competition.

The Thoroughbreds swept doubles play and lost only three games total. Rachel Loeb and Brittany Trimble took only eight games to put away their opponents at court three, while teammates Laura Attley and Toby Engros followed quickly after with an 8-1 win over the Blue Knights at court two. Skidmore's number one duo finished off the sweep with an 8-2 win at court one.

Nataly Mendoza picked up the first singles point for Skidmore with a 6-0, 6-0 win at court four over Mt. St. Mary's Rebecca Schwartz. Attley followed up her doubles win with another match in which she gave up only game, defeating her opponent at court three, 6-0, 6-1 to send her squad into the tournament's second round.