KALAMAZOO, MICH. >> Juli Raventos is one tennis match away from being an NCAA Division III national champion. To get there, the Williams sophomore will have to face a familiar rival.
Raventos will play Eudice Chong of Wesleyan this morning in the singles championship game. The two NESCAC rivals have met twice on a court this year. Raventos won the regular-season matchup 6-4, 6-4. They were playing each other in the NESCAC Championships, but did not get to finish the match as Willliams won 5-0. Chong had lost the first set but was trailing 2-6, 4-3 in the second set.
Raventos was down 0-3 in the first set against Alexandra Fields of Middlebury before coming back to take the first set. Raventos went on to win 7-5, 6-1.
In the semifinal, Raventos beat Caroline Casper of Pomona Pitzer 6-3, 6-2.
Raventos and her teammate Linda Shin will be in today's doubles semifinal. The Eph duo beat Bridget Harding and Katarina Su of Emory 6-3, 6-1.
In the semifinal, Raventos and Shin will face Bowdoin's Tiffany Cheng and Joulia Likhanskaia. It will be the third time these doubles teams have met. Raventos and Shin won 8-6 in the regular-season match on April 23. Then in this week's national semifinal against Bowdoin, the Eph tandem won 8-2.
GOLD RIVER, CALIF. >> Williams will have two boats in the Grand Final in today's NCAA Division III championships.
The Williams No. 1 varsity eights won their race in 6 minutes, 41.729 seconds, almost five seconds faster than runner-up Wesleyan. Both boats qualified for the Grand Final.
"I told the V1's that the morning conditions were the best we had seen all year and that they should row to the conditions but not go crazy," Williams coach Kate Maloney said in a post-race briefing. "I wanted them to be really proud of their efforts and they had, by far, their fastest time of the year."
The Williams varsity No. 2 boat finished second to defending champion Bates in a semifinal heat. By finishing second, Williams got to compete in the afternoon Repechage. The Ephs got out to a quick lead, and by the time the boats got to the 1,500-meter buoy, Williams had a full-length lead over Pacific Lutheran. Williams finished in 7:38.590, four seconds ahead of Pacific Lutheran.
The Varsity 2 boat will compete in the Varsity 2 Grand Final, while the No. 1 boat will follow.
The NCAA champion is based on the combined performances of the two boats.
WILLIAMS' LI AN ALL-AMERICAN
LOUISVILLE, KY. >> Williams outfielder Erica Li is a National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-American.
Li was named a third-team All-American, to go along with being a first-team, All-New England pick and the NESCAC co-player of the year.
Li hit .429 for Williams and set single-season records in games played (46), at-bats (163), runs scored (53) and triples (6). She had 70 hits and is only the second Williams player to get 70 hits in a season.
"Erica's season is among the best I've seen at Williams by an individual," Williams coach Kris Herman said in a statement.