Williams Moves Past Middlebury 5-0 in Women's Tennis Semifinals

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - Second-seeded Williams moved past third-seeded Middlebury 5-0 Saturday afternoon in the semifinals of the 2009 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship hosted by Williams College. The Ephs will face rival Amherst, the top seed in this year's tournament, on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. after the Jeffs claimed a 5-2 victory over Tufts on Saturday.

The Ephs took control early on, with Cary Gibson and Nikki Reich rattling off an 8-0 match at court one. The following two matches were more closely contested, but Williams came out on top of both for the 3-0 lead.

Nikki Reich and Kristin Alotta tallied the two necessary points for the win. At court three, Reich relinquished only one game in the first set, before frustrating her opponent with a 6-0 second set. Alotta dominated in her first set, struggled to pull ahead by a significant margin in the second, but pulled out the win, 6-0, 7-5.

No. 2 Williams 5, vs. No. 3 Middlebury 0

1 - Cary Gibson/Nicole Reich (Williams) def. Chandra Kurien/Liz Stone (Middlebury) - 8-0
2 - Grace Baljon/Taylor French (Williams) def. Anne Burke/Claire Burke (Middlebury) - 8-6
3 - Annie Hancock/Kristin Alotta (Williams) def. Tori Aiello/Jamie Haar (Middlebury) - 9-7

1 - Grace Baljon (Williams) vs. Tori Aiello (Middlebury) - 6-2, 3-2 DNF
2 - Cary Gibson (Williams) vs. Chandra Kurien (Middlebury) - 7-5, 4-0 DNF
3 - Nicole Reich (Williams) def. Liz Stone (Middlebury) - 6-1, 6-0
4 - Kristin Alotta (Williams) def. Claire Burke (Middlebury) - 6-0, 7-5
5 - Lucy Marchese (Williams) vs. Anne Burke (Middlebury) - 6-3, 4-2 DNF
6 - Annie Hancock (Williams) vs. Jamie Harr (Middlebury) - 6-2, 2-0 DNF