PITTSBURGH -- Top-ranked Williams earned a hard-fought victory on Monday afternoon, taking down No. 5 Carnegie Mellon by a 6-3 margin. The match took over six hours to complete.

The Ephs fell behind 2-0 in doubles play, as Caroline Capute and Kathleen Elkins and Rebecca Curran and Nancy Worley were narrowly edged 8-6 and 9-8(1) respectively. Taylor French and Kara Shoemaker were able to get Williams on the board going into singles play with a close 8-6 win.

Maria Pylypiv, filling in for senior captain Kristin Alotta who missed the match due to an acadmeic committment, was the first off court during singles play for the second day in a row to even the match at 2-2.

Elkins and Capute each led from the beginning, but needed a long time to take down their opponents.

Shoemaker and Curran had closer matches. Shoemaker won her first set 7-5, but then dropped the second 0-6. She recovered nicely, however, taking the third and deciding set 6-2. Knotted at one set apiece, Curran and her opponent held serve for the entire set, until Curran broke her at 6-5 to win the match.

"I thought our composure on the big points was excellent. In a six-hour match our fitness really shined as well. I think it's clear that this team is extremely fit for this early in the season," Williams head coach Alison Swain said.