WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Williams emerged victorious by the margin of 6-0 against Tufts to continue its quest for a seventh consecutive NCAA Division III national championship and to extend its unbeaten streak in the NCAA tournament to 32 matches.
The Ephs nearly replicated their doubles performance from their second-round match against Ithaca, as they swept the Jumbos on all three doubles courts with relative ease. The Eph duo of senior Kathleen Elkins and junior Maria Pylypiv failed to drop a game at No. 2 doubles on their way to an 8-0 rout of Jumbo freshman Jacqueline Baum and senior Shelci Bowman. Next off the court, playing at the No. 1 position, was the Eph pairing of senior Kara Shoemaker and junior Rebecca Curran, as they dismissed the Jumbo combination of freshman Alexa Meltzer and senior Samantha Gann with an 8-1 scoreline. At No. 3 doubles, the freshman Jumbo tandem of Conner Calabro and Chelsea Hayashi put a fight against the Eph freshmen team of Linda Shin and Hannah Atkinson after finding themselves facing a large deficit early on, but Shin and Atkinson proved to be too much for Calabro and Hayashi as they managed to close out the match 8-3.
The Jumbos did their best to rally against the Ephs in singles and did a good job, but the Ephs once again proved to be too much for the Jumbos. Pylypiv carried her momentum from doubles to record a 6-1, 6-1 win against Bowman at fourth singles, bringing the Ephs to within a point of clinching a spot in the quarterfinals. It was a neck-and-neck race to see who would claim the match-clinching point, and the two senior co-captains for the Ephs managed to close out their matches almost simultaneously. Shoemaker overcame a slow start at first singles to eventually down Gann in straight sets 6-2, 6-1, seconds before Elkins finished off Calabro 6-1, 6-1 to give the Ephs the 6-0 victory.