May 15, 2010

Courtesy of Tufts University

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Eleventh-ranked Tufts (15-6) overcame an early 2-1 hole to take the first four singles wins and claim a spot in tomorrow's third round contest with a 5-2 defeat of the 19th ranked Skidmore Thoroughbreds (11-7).

The Thoroughbreds came out strong and took the first two points at courts two and three, but Tufts All-Americans Julia Browne (Old Brookville, NY) and Meghan McCooey (Cumberland, RI) saved the Jumbos from the dreaded 3-0 doubles hole. The pair tallied Tufts first point in a close 9-7 win at court one.

Tufts bounced back in singles play, taking five of six first sets. Browne started off her match with a powerful 6-0 opening set, before closing out her opponent in straight sets at court one. Janice Lam (San Francisco, CA) gave the Jumbos their first advantage of the match with twelve straight games at court five in a dominant straight set shut out over Nataly Mendoza of Skidmore. Lauren Hollender (Newton, MA) picked up the next point for Tufts with a straight set win at court six, while McCooey clinched the win with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rachel Loeb at court two.

The Jumbos will move on to face the Ephs of Williams College. Tufts and Williams are no stranger to each other as members of the NESCAC. The two teams squared off on April 17 with the Ephs taking the match, 7-2. Williams, who is seeking their third straight NCAA title, is the second seed in the tournament and has the advantage of playing on their home courts. The third-round match will begin at 12:00 p.m. tomorrow.