Williams Tops Denison 5-4 in NCAA Women's Tennis Quarterfinals

Courtesy Oglethorpe Sports Information

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. - Williams College topped Denison University in NCAA quarterfinal action in a thrilling match that endured four hours. The Ephs managed to take two of the three doubles matches over the Big Red, winning at the numbers one and two slots. Cary Gibson and Nikki Reich combined to top Kristin Cobb and Marta Drane at the #1 spot, 8-6 and Grace Baljon and Taylor French teamed up to best Kendra Murray and Meghan Damico, 8-3.

Denison rallied to capture the #3 doubles match with Erin Chadwell and Kara Zdanowsli outlasting Annie Hancock and Kristin Alotta, 9-7.

The Big Red managed to win the first set in five of the six singles matches, but, when the dust had finally settled, it was the Ephs rallying for the victory with singles wins at the numbers three, four and five slots. Nicki Reich topped Marta Drane at #3, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, Kristin Alotta bested Erin Chadwell at #4, 6-4, 6-3 and Lucy Marchese beat Kendra Murray at #5, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. With the quarterfinal win, Williams is set to square off with Emory University in semifinal action tomorrow at 9:00 a.m.

Williams 5, vs. Denison 4

Doubles
1 - Cary Gibson/Nikki Reich (Williams) def. Marta Drane/Kristin Cobb (Denison) – 8-6
2 - Grace Baljon/Taylor French (Williams) def. Meghan Damico/Kendra Murray (Denison) – 8-2
3 - Erin Chadwell/Kara Zdanowski (Denison) def. Annie Hancock/Kristin Alotta (Williams) – 9-7

Singles
1 - Damico (Denison) def. Baljon (Williams) - 6-0, 7-6 (9-7)
2 - Cobb (Denison) def. Gibson (Williams) - 6-4, 6-4
3 - Reich (Williams) def. Drane (Denison) - 4-6,7-6 (7-4), 6-4
4 - Alotta (Williams) def. Chadwell (Denison) – 6-4, 6-3
5 - Lucy Marchese (Williams) def. Murray (Denison) - 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-1
6 - Zdanowski (Denison) def. Hancock (Williams) – 6-3, 7-5

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