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Fifth-Seeded Women’s Tennis Falls to Top-Seeded Williams in NESCAC Semifinals, 5-0

Photos by Jonas Powell '18
Photos by Jonas Powell '18

Recap courtesy of Bates Sports Information

LEWISTON, Maine -- Top seed Williams College defeated No. 5 seed Wesleyan University 5-0 in the first women's semifinal Saturday morning at the 2016 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship at Bates College.

The Ephs (17-3) will face the winner of the second semifinal between No. 2 Middlebury and No. 3 Amherst in Sunday's championship match. The match will be played indoors at 9 a.m. at the Portland Racquet and Fitness Club, due to Sunday's rainy forecast.

Williams swept doubles play, although it took nearly two hours to accomplish the feat. Williams' No. 2 duo comprising of Julia Cancio and Hannah Atkinson defeated Victoria Yu and Aashli Budhiraja in an extended tiebreaker, for a 9-8 (7) final. Williams' No. 3 duo of Maya Hart and Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio outlasted Wesleyan's Nicole McCann and Dasha Dubinski, 8-6, while at No. 1 doubles, Juli Raventos and Linda Shin downed Eudice Chong and Helen Klass-Warch, 8-5.

Williams made it 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-0 victory for Leah Bush over Dubinski at sixth singles. The Ephs ended the match when Shin finished off Klass-Warch 6-3, 6-1 at third singles, leaving four singles matches unfinished. Chong and Yu both had leads before the match ended. Chong was ahead 6-2, 3-4 in No. 1 singles and Yu led 6-3, 2-1 in No. 2 singles.

Friday, May 6 – at Bates
First Round Matches
No. 5 Wesleyan 5, No. 4 Bowdoin 1
No. 3 Amherst 5, No. 6 Tufts 4

Saturday, May 7 – at Bates
Second Round Matches
No. 1 Williams 5, No. 5 Wesleyan 0
No. 2 Middlebury vs. No. 3 Amherst – 11:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 8 – at Portland Racquet & Fitness Center
No. 1 Williams vs. No. 2/3 winner – 9 a.m.