Monday May 14, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN -- It’s off to North Carolina for the Williams College men’s and women’s tennis teams. That’s because both teams won their NCAA Division III tournament second-round matches, and have advanced to the national quarterfinals.

The four-time defending national champion Williams women put themselves into position for a "five-peat" by beating Tufts 5-0 Sunday afternoon.

The Williams men, who entered the NCAA tournament as the No. 3 ranked team in the nation, defeated 29th-ranked MIT 5-0 earlier Sunday.

By virtue of their victories, Williams will participate in the regional quarterfinals that start a week from today at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C.

The Williams women took two of the three doubles points easily and made it 3-0 when Kara Shoemaker and Taylor French beat Lindsay Katz and Shelci Bowman 8-6 in the third.

Kathleen Elkins, who played second doubles with Kristin Alotta, came back in singles and shut out Bowman 6-0, 6-0 at No. 4. Williams took care of Tufts as Rebecca Curran beat Janice Lam 6-0, 6-4 at No. 5 singles.

The Williams women advance to a quarterfinal bracket that will have them playing the winner of Sunday’s late match between ninth-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer.

Williams’ half of the men’s draw could be call the NESCAC Invitational as the Ephs will play 10th-ranked Bowdoin in the quarterfinals.


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If the Eph men are fortunate to advance to the national final, they could play top-ranked Amherst as the Lord Jeffs are on the other side of the bracket.

It’s the second consecutive trip to the national quarterfinals for the men.

The Williams men swept all three matches to earn the doubles points.

In singles, Bryan Chow beat Tymor Hamamasy 6-3, 6-4 at No. 5 to start the Ephs rolling. Williams clinched the match and the trip to North Carolina when Zach Weiss beat Brian Oldfield 6-2, 6-3.