KALAMAZOO, MICH. >> The Williams College women's tennis team is one victory away from playing for its second consecutive NCAA Division III championship.
The Ephs, who entered the tournament as the nation's No. 2 team, beat the University of Chicago 5-0 in Monday's quarterfinal. Up next for Williams is a match against NESCAC rival Bowdoin, after the Polar Bears beat Claremont-Mudd Scripps 5-1.
Williams lost to Bowdoin 6-3 back on April 23 in a match played in Maine.
Williams' Leah Bush beat Kaela Bynoe 6-1, 6-3 at No. 5 singles to win the fifth match and sweep the Maroons out of the tournament.
The Ephs started off by sweeping the three doubles points. Juli Raventos and Linda Shin, playing at No. 1 doubles, made a statement with an 8-0 win over Rachel Kim and Lucy Tang.
Of the four remaining matches, Williams was ahead in two of them.
Like Williams, Bowdoin won all three doubles points, but two of them went to tiebreakers.
The deciding match came at No. 4 singles, when Bowdoin's Samantha Stalder bounced back from a second-set loss to beat Jessie Cruz 7-5, 2-6, 6-3.
NCAA D-III ROWING
WILLIAMSTOWN >> The Williams College women's rowing team hasn't won an NCAA Division III title since 2013. The Ephs look to end that skid this weekend in Sacramento, Calif.
Williams takes its No. 1 national ranking to the Sacramento State Aquatic Center for the tournament, which will be Friday and Saturday.
By virtue of winning the NESCAC championship, Williams earned the automatic Pool A bid. Bates and Wesleyan are the other NESCAC teams competing.
NESCAC teams have won 12 of the last 14 NCAA championships. Williams won the titles from 2006-13, with Trinity beating Williams in 2014 and Bates beating Trinity last year.
"This team has been nothing if not consistent in their approach to excellence and I have been very impressed with their work a day mentality and ability to stay focused on the end goal," Williams coach Kate Maloney said in a statement. "I look forward to seeing what they can do once on the line in Sacramento."
NCAA D-III TRACK
WILLIAMSTOWN >> Seven Williams track and field athletes will be heading to Wartburg University in Waverly, this week to compete in the NCAA Division III women's championship.
Anna Harleen will run the 1,500 meters for Williams, along with Laney Teaford and Victoria Kingham.
Emily Sundquist will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Helene Hall will compete in the high jump, Candice Dyce and Chloe Rogers will battle in the triple jump.
"The team is excited heading into the NCAA Championship meet," Williams coach Nate Hoey said in a statement. "This is a young but experienced group traveling to Iowa."
BIRD IN ALL-STAR GAME
BABSON PARK >> Tanner Bird will be pitching for the Division II-III team in the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association's annual All-Star Game on Sunday, June 5. The game will be played at Holy Cross.
Bird is a NEBWA first-team All-Star and a Northeast-10 first-team All-Star. He is one of four players from Franklin Pierce on the team.
The Division I team that will play Bird's squad, will be announced later this week.
NESCAC HONOR FOR EPHS' HATHAWAY
HADLEY >> Williams College freshman shortstop Kellen Hathaway was named the NESCAC rookie of the year.
Hathaway hit .331 with 24 runs scored, 42 hits and 21 runs-batted in. He is the fifth Eph to be named rookie of the year. The most recent selection was Robin Allemand in 2007.