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Ephs claim III women’s tennis crown in tight title match


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Members of the Williams College tennis team celebrate after defeating Washington and Lee University for the Division III Women?s Tennis Championship held at the Brown Outdoor Tennis Complex on the Gustavus Adolphus College campus in St. Peter, Minnesota. Vince Muzik/NCAA Photos
May 19, 2008 11:13:57 AM


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Williams bested Washington and Lee, 5-4, to earn the 2008 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championship May 15 at Gustavus Adolphus. It was the Ephs’ third overall championship and the first since claiming back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002.

Washington and Lee entered the championship match with a 28-0 mark and was ranked
No. 1 in the nation. The Generals last loss came March 31, 2007, against the Ephs in a 5-4 decision.

Washington and Lee took an early lead in the title match when the Generals’ No. 3 doubles tandem of Virginia Dickinson and Kelly Will defeated Nikki Reich and Annie Hancock of Williams, 8-3. The Ephs evened the score by taking the victory at No. 2 doubles but fell behind again when Lauren Caire and Katie Tabb, playing No. 1 doubles for Washington and Lee, downed Cary Gibson and Annie Schneidman, 8-3.

Williams responded in singles action. After squaring the contest, 2-2, on Grace Baljon’s win over Kelly Will, 6-2, 6-0, at No. 2 singles, the Ephs pulled ahead when Ashley Parsons won the No. 3 singles match. Williams’ Gibson and Reich went on to claim wins at No. 1 and No 4 singles to seal the championship for the Ephs.

Alison Swain, Williams’ first-year head coach, said the Ephs and the Generals have developed a great rivalry recently. “We beat them on Spring Break a year ago, 5-4, and then lost to them in the national semifinals last year, 5-0. This year, they beat us, 5-4, on Spring Break and now we bounce back and beat them, 5-4, for the national title. We have such a tremendous respect for their program.”

With the victory, Swain became the second female in NCAA history in any division to capture a national championship as a player and as a coach. Doing so as a coach, Swain said, was much more emotional.

“This is an amazing moment,” said Swain, who was a member of Williams’ 2001 national title team. “I am much more emotional as a coach than I was as player. I am so proud of this group. It took everything we had and this group stuck with it to the very end.”

Williams closed out the season with a 21-3 record.

Brittany Berckes and Alicia Menezes of Amherst successfully defended their doubles championship on May 18 after defeating Denison’s Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane.

Berckes and Menezes, who won the match 6-4, 6-3, became the fourth straight doubles team to capture back-to-back titles since 2001.

Top-seeded Siobhan Finicane of Pomona-Pitzer became the first women’s tennis player from the school since 1994 to win a singles title when she defeated Williams’ Cary Gibson, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2 for the Division III crown. Gibson also made school history. She became the first women’s tennis player at Williams to appear in a singles championship match.

Quarterfinals

Pomona Pitzer 5, Bowdoin 3; Williams 5, Mary Washington 0; Denison 5, Emory 2; Wash. & Lee 5, Gust. Adolphus 3.

Semifinals

Williams 5, Pomona-Pitzer 2; Wash. & Lee 5, Denison 1.

Third-place match

Denison 5, Pomona-Pitzer 2.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Siobhan Finicane-Olivia Muesse, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Marta Drane-Kristin Cobb, Denison, 8-3; No. 2 -- Meghan Damico-Kendra Murray, Denison, def. Rebecca Lange-Kasyn Stevenson, Pomona-Pitzer, 9-7; No. 3 -- Kara Zdanowski-Erin Gorsich, Denison, def. Zoe Fisher-Alex Margolin, Pomona-Pitzer, 8-4.

Singles: No. 1 -- Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Damico, Denison, 6-2, 6-0; No. 2 -- Cobb, Denison, def. Lange, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-3, 6-2; No. 3 -- Olivia Muesse, Pomona-Pitzer, vs. Drane, Denison, 7-5, 3-5, unfinished; No. 4 -- Gorsich, Denison, def. Kathryn Myers, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-2, 6-3; No. 5 -- Zdanowski, Denison, def. Lindsay Clough, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-0, 6-0; No. 6 -- Kasyn Stevenson, Pomona-Pitzer, vs. Kendra Murray, Denison, 4-6, 5-4, unfinished.

Championship

Williams 5, Wash. & Lee 4.

Doubles: No. 1 -- Lauren Claire-Katie Tabb, Wash. & Lee, def. Cary Gibson-Annie Schneidman, Williams, 8-3; No. 2 -- Grace Baljon-Allison Rottkamp, Williams, def. Catherine Reed-Leah Weston, Wash. & Lee, 8-6; No. 3 -- Virginia Dickinson-Kelly Will, Wash. & Lee, def. Nicole Reich-Annie Hancock, Williams, 8-3.

Singles: No. 1 -- Gibson, Williams, def. Tabb, Wash. & Lee, 2-6, 6-4, 6-3; No. 2 -- Baljon, Williams, def. Will, Wash. & Lee, 6-2, 6-0; No. 3 -- Ashley Parsons, Williams, def. Caire, Wash. & Lee, 7-6(7-2), 6-0; No. 4 -- Reich, Williams, def. Weston, Wash. & Lee, 6-2, 5-7, 6-1; No. 5 -- Rebecca Timmis, Wash. & Lee, def. Rottkamp, Williams, 6-4, 6-1; No. 6 -- Meg Spalitta, Wash. & Lee, def. Hancock, Williams, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1.

Individual results

First round: Siobhan Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Meghan Damico, Denison, 6-2, 6-1; Julia Browne, Tufts, def. Janelle Arita, DePauw, 6-0, 5-7, 6-4; Marissa Lin, Chicago, def. Kelly Will, Wash. & Lee, 2-6, 6-3, 6-1; Kristen Raymond, Bowdoin, def. Tshema Nash, Emory, 6-3, 6-2; Leslie Hansen, MIT, def. Jordan Hook, Wheaton (Ill.), 7-6, 7-6; Lauren Caire, Wash. & Lee, def. Elizabeth Lewis, Chapman, 6-3, 6-3; Gab Carvalho, Sewanee, def. Rachel Miller, Redlands, 5-7, 6-0, 6-3; Grace Baljon, Williams, def. Molly Fiala, Coe, 6-1, 6-2; Kristin Cobb, Denison, def. Rachel Wallwork, Swarthmore, 6-0, 6-4; Cary Gibson, Williams, def. Mary Katherine Stone, Sewanee, 6-1, 6-3; Jenna Mezin, Wellesley, def. Alicia Hunt, Trinity (Tex.), 6-0, 6-3; Brittany Berckes, Amherst, def. Jenni White, Gust. Adolphus, 6-3, 6-2; Vindya Dayananda, Chicago, def. Jessica Ruth, UC Santa Cruz, 6-0, 5-7, 7-6; Nicole Pontee, Vassar, def. Rebecca Morse-Karzen, Mary Washington, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4; Rebecca Lange, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Kelly Buckley, DePauw, 7-6, 6-4; Meghan McCooey, Tufts, def. Katie Tabb, Wash. & Lee, 1-6, 7-5, 6-2.

Second round: Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Browne, Tufts, 6-2, 6-0; Raymond, Bowdoin, def. Lin, Chicago, 6-0, 6-1; Caire, Wash. & Lee, def. Hansen, MIT, 6-3, 6-0; Baljon, Williams, def. Carvalho, Sewanee, 2-6, 6-2, 7-5; Gibson, Williams, def. Cobb, Denison, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1; Berckes, Amherst, def. Mezin, Wellesley, 6-2, 7-5; Pontee, Vassar, def. Dayananda, Chicago, 6-0, 3-6, 7-5; McCooey, Tufts, def. Lange, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-2, 6-4;

Quarterfinals: Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Raymond, Bowdoin, 6-4, 6-2; Baljon, Williams, def. Caire, Wash. & Lee, 7-6, 6-4; Gibson, Williams, def. Berckes, Amherst, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1; McCooey, Tufts, def. Pontee, Vassar, 7-5, 6-3.

Semifinals: Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Baljon, Williams, 6-4, 6-0; Gibson, Williams, def. McCooey, Tufts, 6-3, 6-2.

Championship: Finicane, Pomona-Pitzer, def. Gibson, Williams, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.

Doubles

First round: Tshema Nash-Sabra Rogers, Emory, def. Siobhan Finicane-Olivia Muesse, Pomona-Pitzer, 6-2, 6-4; Erin Andrade-Kayla Smith, DePauw, def. Paige Sumida-Whitney Waters, Redlands, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5; Brittany Berckes-Alicia Menezes, Amherst, def. Sierra Krebsbach-Jenni White, Gust. Adolphus, 6-3, 6-3; Natalia Fugate-Rebecca Morse-Karsen, Mary Washington, def. Vindya Dayananda-Marissa Lin, Chicago, 6-2, 6-3; Kristin Cobb-Marta Drane, Denison, def. Gab Carvalho-Jordan Casey, Sewanee, 6-3, 6-1; Alicia Hunt-Laura Steinmetz, Trinity (Tex.), def. Sara Federschmidt-Jordan Hook, Wheaton (Ill.), 6-4, 6-1; Jennifer Chui-Amy Staloch, Carnegie Mellon, def. Jenna Mezin-Hali Walther, Wellesley, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2; Lauren Caire-Katie Tabb, Wash. & Lee, def. Sallie Katter-Kasey Kuenzli, Linfield, 6-1, 6-3.

Quarterfinals: Nash-Rogers, Emory, def. Andrade-Smith, DePauw, 6-0, 6-3; Berckes-Menezes, Amherst, def. Fugate-Morse-Karzen, Mary Washington, 6-0, 7-5; Hunt-Steinmetz, Trinity (Tex.), def. Cobb-Drane, Denison, 7-6, 1-6, 6-3; Caire-Tabb, Wash. & Lee, def. Chui-Staloch, Carnegie Mellon, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

Semifinals: Berckes-Menezes, Amherst, def. Nash-Rogers, Emory, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3; Cobb-Drane, Denison, def. Chui-Staloch, Carnegie Mellon, 6-2, 6-4.

Championship: Berckes-Menezes, Amherst, def. Cobb-Drane, Denison, 6-4, 6-3.



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