Amherst Captures 2012 NESCAC Crown
WILLIAMSTOWN-- Amherst College captured the 2012 NESCAC championship on Sunday with a 5-2 win over host Williams. The win avenges Amherst's loss in last year's title match at the hands of the Ephs.
Amherst held a 2-1lead after doubles play behind strong performances from their number one and three positions. Williams' Kathleen Elkins and Kristin Alotta were first off with an 8-2 win, but Caroline Richman and Safi Aly were quick to even the match with an 8-5 win at number three. Laura Danzig and Gabby Devlin gave Amherst a critical second point from doubles with an 8-5 win over Kara Shoemaker and Taylor French.
Kathleen Elkins evened the score a 2-2 with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Zoe Pangalos, but it was all Amherst after that. The Lord Jeff's won five of six first sets, and despite valiant efforts from Kristin Alotta at number one, and Kara Shoemaker at number two, couldn't come back. Alotta and Shoemaker each forced a third set. Shoemaker lost hers at the hands of Jennifer Newman, and Alotta was trailing when the match ended.
Caroline Richman and Gabby Devlin earned straight set victories to give Amherst their final two points. Richman beat Nancy Worley at number three, 6-2, 6-3, and Gabby Devlin took down Rebecca Curran 6-4, 6-1.
Both teams are expected to vie for a National Championship in the coming weeks. Williams has won the last four championships, beating Amherst in last year's final.
1. Danzig/Devlin (A) def Shoemaker/French (W) 8-5
2. Alotta/Elkins (W) def Newman/Pangalos (A) 8-2
3. Richman/Aly (A) def Worley/Capute (W) 8-5
1. Danzig (A) led Alotta (W) 6-2, 3-6, 5-2 (unfinished)
2. Newman (A) def Shoemaker (W) 6-2, 4-6, 6-3
3. Richman (A) def Worley (W) 6-3, 6-3
4. Elkins (W) def Pangalos (A) 6-1, 6-3
5. Devlin (A) def Curran (W) 6-4, 6-1
6. Aly (A) led Capute (W) 7-6, 4-3 (unfinished)
Amherst Edges Middlebury 5-3
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA––Safi Aly's (Edmond, OK) victory over Katie Paradies (Atlanta, GA) guaranteed No. 2 Amherst's (14-3) victory over No. 3 Middlebury (14-3). Aly's lost the first game to 3-6, but rallied to win the next two 6-4, 7-5.
Middlebury started today's like yesterday's match, winning the first doubles match 8-5. Amherst's Jennifer Newman (Haverford, PA) and Zoe Pangalos (New York, NY) tied things up, defeating Anna Burke (Oak Knoll, NJ) and Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) 8-5. Caroline Richman (Pacific Palisades, CA) and Aly gave Amherst the 2-1 lead when they beat Victoria Aiello (Milton, MA) and Paradies 8-5.
Leung tied up the match 2-2 after defeating Laura Danzig (Allendale, NY) 6-1, 6-1. Amherst won the next two matches, giving them a 4-2 lead. Brittney Faber's (Minnetonka, MN) 6-2, 6-2 win over Pangalos kept the Panther's in the match. Aly's 5th place finish over Paradies sealed Amherst's victory.
Amherst will face rival Williams tomorrow at 9am.
Faber/Kepping (M) def. Danzig/Devlin (A), 8-5
Newman/Pangalos (A) def. Burke/Leung (M), 8-5
Richman/Aly (A) def. Aiello/Paradies (M), 8-5
Leung (M) def. Danzig (M), 6-1, 6-1
Newman (A) def. Aiello (M) 6-3, 6-2
Kepping (M) v. Richman (A), 6-3, 3-6 (Did not finish)
Faber (M) def. Pangalos (A) 6-2, 6-2
Devlin (A) def. D. Paradies (M), 6-2, 6-2
Aly (A) def. K. Paradies (M), 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
Williams Takes Down Bowdoin, Advances to Sunday's Final
WILLIAMSTOWN-- The Williams women's tennis team advanced to Sunday's NESCAC championship match with a 5-1 win over Bowdoin College.
Williams held a 2-1 lead after doubles play. The Ephs top pair of Kara Shoemaker and Taylor French took down Bowdoin's Kellen Alberstone and Emma Lewis, 8-1. Kristin Alotta and Kathleen Elkins gave Williams a 2-0 advantage, with an 8-5 win over Emma Chow and Chantelle Lavertu. Emily Lombardi and Kate Winningham were able to avoid the sweep for Bowdoin, taking their pro-set 9-7 over Nancy Worley and Caroline Capute.
Williams got the three singles wins they needed to advance from Kristin Alotta, Kathleen Elkins, and Caroline Capute. Capute was first off with a 6-0, 6-2 win over Susanna Howard at the number six position. Kathleen Elkins wasn't far behind at number three, winning her match with Emily Lombardi by an identical score. Alotta won at the top position over Kellen Alberstone, 6-3, 6-4.
Williams advances to tomorrow's final against the winner of the second semi-final match between Amherst and Middlebury. Match time is set 9:00 AM.
1. Shoemaker/French (W) def Alberstone/Lewis (B) 8-1
2. Alotta/Elkins (W) def Chow/Lavertue (B) 8-5
3. Lombardi/Winingham (B) def Worley/Capute (W) 9-7
1. Alotta (W) def Alberstone (B) 6-3, 6-4
2. Shoemaker (W) leads Winingham (B) 7-5, 4-3
3. Worley (W) leads Lavertu (B) 7-6
4. Elkins (W) def Lombardi (B) 6-0, 6-1
5.Curran (W) leads Lewis (B) 7-6, 2-1
6. Capute (W) def Howard (B) 6-0, 6-2
Middlebury Defeats Trinity 6-0
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA––Katie Paradies (Atlanta, GA) and Lok-Sze Leung (Hong Kong) simultaneously won their matches to allow No. 3 Middlebury (14-2) to defeat No. 6 Trinity (10-6) 6-0 in today's NESCAC Semi-Finals. Paradies beat Caroline Gagne (Excelsior, MN) 6-0, 6-1, while Leung defeated Hillary Hoyt (New York, NY) 6-0, 6-2 to score the match-winning points.
Middlebury jumped out to an early lead, sweeping doubles play to post a 3-0 score heading into singles competition. Brittney Faber (Minnetonka, MN) and Leah Kepping (Northport, NY) registered the Panther's first point, beating Hoyt and her partner Senzosihle Maphisa (Bulawo, Zimbabwe) 8-1 at the No. 1 spot. Their victory was followed by Leung and Anna Burke (Oak Knoll, NJ) defeating Cameron and Kelsey Semrod (Princeton, NJ) 8-0. Midd's third point came when Paradies and Victoria Aiello (Milton, MA) beat Gagne and Elizabeth Gerber (Bethesda, MD) 8-4 in the closest match of the day.
Kepping beat Semrod 6-2, 6-0 to win Middlebury's 4th point. Leung's and Paradies' subsequent victories secured Middlebury's win. They will face No. 2 Amherst tomorrow at 9am.
Trinity College vs Middlebury College
May 04, 2012 at Williamstown, Mass.
(Torrance M. Hunt Tennis Center)
Middlebury College 6, Trinity College 0
1. Lok-Sze Leung (MIDDW) def. Hilary Hoyt (TRINW) 6-0, 6-2
2. Victoria Aiello (MIDDW) vs. Senzosihle Maphisa (TRINW) 6-3, 1-0, unfinished
3. Leah Kepping (MIDDW) def. Kelsey Semrod (TRINW) 6-2, 6-0
4. Brittney Faber (MIDDW) vs. Elizabeth Gerber (TRINW) 6-0, 4-1, unfinished
5. Dorrie Paradies (MIDDW) vs. Frances Cameron (TRINW) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
6. Katie Paradies (MIDDW) def. Caroline Gagne (TRINW) 6-0, 6-1
1. Brittney Faber/Leah Kepping (MIDDW) def. Hilary Hoyt/Senzosihle Maphisa (TRINW) 8-1
2. Anna Burke/Lok-Sze Leung (MIDDW) def. Kelsey Semrod/Frances Cameron (TRINW) 8-0
3. Victoria Aiello/Katie Paradies (MIDDW) def. Elizabeth Gerber/Caroline Gagne (TRINW) 8-4
Trinity College 10-6
Middlebury College 14-2
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (3,1,6)
Bowdoin edges Tufts, 5-4
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA. – Bowdoin junior Kellen Alberstone defeated Tufts University's Lindsay Katz, 6-0, 6-3 at first singles Friday to send fourth-seeded Bowdoin past fifth-seeded Tufts, 5-4, in the quarterfinal round of the 2012 NESCAC Tournament.
Ephs Set to Host NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Friday - Sunday
HADLEY, Mass. – Defending conference champion Williams College will have its sights set on a second consecutive league title when the Ephs host the 2012 edition of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship. Action gets underway this Friday with first round matches featuring Tufts against Bowdoin and Trinity versus Middlebury. Teams that advance out of the opening round will face top-seeded Williams and second-seeded Amherst in the semifinals on Saturday, May 5. The NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship concludes on Sunday morning with action beginning at 9:00 a.m.
If inclement weather intrudes upon play the matches will be moved indoors to the Lansing Chapman Rink. If rain comes early on Friday the day's first match will begin at 8:00 AM in Lansing Chapman Rink.
All of the matches in the NESCAC Championship will be played only to determination – when one team secures its fifth point the match will end.
"We are very excited to host the tournament this weekend," said Eph head coach Alison Swain. "This year's NESCAC tournament features some of the top contenders for the NCAA Championship title, so it will offer our team the opportunity to really challenge ourselves and compete at our best. There is not better place to take on the challenge of defending our 2011 NESCAC title than on our home courts, amid the backdrop of the Berkshire Mountains, with Williams students, professors, and fans cheering us on."
The NESCAC championship features the same tournament field for the fourth-straight year. During last year's tournament, Middlebury and Tufts advanced out of the first round for the third time in a row, only to fall in the semifinals to Amherst and Williams. The wins for the Lord Jeffs and the Ephs pitted the two rivals against one another for the conference title yet again, as the two teams have met in Sunday's final every spring since the current tournament format was adopted in 2006.
Amherst had emerged as the victor in the first five meetings, three of which ended in 5-4 decisions, however Williams would not be denied in 2011 as the Ephs claimed a 5-3 win for their first NESCAC crown since sharing the title with the Jeffs in 2004. The familiar foes would come together in a rematch just weeks later in California for the NCAA championship, and once again Williams would get the best of Amherst, posting a 5-4 win for its fourth consecutive national title.
Friday's opening round features fourth-seeded Bowdoin (10-7, 5-3 NESCAC) against fifth-seeded Tufts (8-9, 4-4 NESCAC). The Polar Bears suffered only three losses to league opponents this spring - all of which came at the hands of teams seeded higher than them in this year's tournament. Bowdoin heads into the weekend after recently downing Bates 9-0 on April 26 before coming up short to Williams on April 28, 6-3.
The Polar Bears will face the Jumbos for the second time in just over two weeks, as Bowdoin claimed the regular season meeting 8-1 on April 19. The setback for Tufts was the first of four in a row over a 10-day period, falling to Williams (8-1), Amherst (7-2), and Middlebury (7-2) during that span. The Jumbos closed out their spring slate with an important 7-2 win over Trinity on April 29 to secure the fifth seed. This will be the third time Bowdoin and Tufts have met in the championship, and each team has a win to its credit in the series.
Whichever team advances out of Friday's first round match will have the challenge of getting past top-seeded Williams (18-1, 7-0 NESCAC). The Ephs have been tough to beat this season, as their lone loss of the year came at Division II Lynn University on March 27, 6-3. There have been a few close calls, notably a 5-4 victory over non-conference foe Emory on March 23, and a 5-4 decision over Amherst on April 1, a victory, which proved to be the difference for the number-one seed in this year's tournament. In addition to downing the Jeffs, Polar Bears, and Jumbos this spring, the Ephs have also posted a 6-3 victory against Middlebury. During last year's semifinals, Williams recorded a 5-0 decision over Tufts en route to the 2011 title.
Third-seeded Middlebury (13-2, 5-2 NESCAC) will battle sixth-seeded Trinity (10-5, 4-3 NESCAC) in the other first round match on Friday morning. The margin between playing in the first round and a free ticket to the semifinals for the Panthers was slim, as a 5-4 loss at Amherst on April 29 proved to be the difference. Middlebury's only other loss this season came at Williams on April 18, 6-3.
The Panthers do own victories over Bowdoin (8-1) and Tufts (7-2), yet have not faced Trinity since the spring of 2010. In the tournament for the fourth year in a row, the Bantams grabbed the last spot in this year's championship, edging out Bates. Against the field of potential foes this weekend, Trinity is 0-3, including a 9-0 loss to its potential semifinal opponent, Amherst.
The Middlebury-Trinity winner on Friday will rise to face second-seeded Amherst (13-3, 6-1 NESCAC) on Saturday. Winners of seven consecutive NESCAC titles, the Lord Jeffs had their reign as champs come to an end at the hands of Williams during last year's tournament. The Ephs have proven to be a pest for the Jeffs this season, as Williams earned a 6-3 victory over Amherst all the way back on Sept. 24 followed by the aforementioned win on April 1.
Amherst's only other setback of the year came at the hands of Emory on April 14, 5-4. Since the loss, the Lord Jeffs have won five straight, all against conference opponents, with four of the five victories coming against the members of the tournament's first round. During last year's championship, Amherst defeated Middlebury in the semifinals by a 5-3 score to advance to Sunday's final.
The format of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship changed in the spring of 2006 and features six teams vying for the NESCAC crown. Prior to 2006, the event was set up as an individual flighted tournament that included players from all 11 members of the NESCAC. Individuals and doubles teams were seeded in different classes, and a team score was determined on a points system that assigned a value for wins.
The championship field is now chosen by a tournament selection committee, which seeds the six participating teams. The top two seeds receive a first round bye.
Results of each match and updated schedules will be available at the conclusion of each day at www.nescac.com.
2012 NESCAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Friday, May 4 at Williams
No. 4 Bowdoin 5, No. 5 Tufts, 4, FINAL
No. 3 Middlebury 6, No. 3 Trinity 0, FINAL
Semifinals - Saturday, May 5 at Williams
No. 1 Williams 5, No. 4 Bowdoin 1
No. 2 Amherst 5, No. 3 Middlebury 3
Championship - Sunday, May 6 at Williams
No. 1 Williams vs. No. 2 Amherst - 9:00 a.m.