By Christine Houghton
From Saturday, Sept. 21 to Monday, Sept. 23, the women’s tennis team traveled to William Smith College to participate in the ITA Northeast Regional Tournament.
The first day of competition was very successful for the team, which posted a 5-3 singles record and a 5-1 doubles record. The team advanced freshman Charlotte Roarty and sophomore Liya Davidov in singles play. In doubles play, Davidov and sophomore Katrine Luddy also advanced, along with Roarty and freshman Lenny Landells.
Davidov entered the tournament at the fifth seed and proved dominant throughout the day, winning her opening round in two sets and the next round in three. In the day’s third match, Davidov won in three sets yet again.
Roarty also had a successful day, as it was almost identical to Davidov’s. She won her first match in two sets, the second match in three and took the set superbreaker to win the day.
Freshman Alexa Vasile and sophomore Julia Yoon and Luddy also had successful days, but were not able to advance.
The doubles team of Davidov and Luddy earned its first tournament victory by default, but came ready to play for round two. The match ended in an 8-2 victory, which sent the duo to the semifinals.
Landells and Roarty won their two matches easily, 8-3 and 8-5, to launch them into the semifinals as well. Freshman Anusha Rangu and Vasile also put forth a valiant effort in doubles, but were unable to advance.
On the second day of play, the College finished 5-5 in singles competition and 5-3 in doubles. The second day was also unfortunately the last day of play for the Lions.
Davidov put out a strong performance in her singles play, but fell in two sets, ending her fall season 8-2. Roarty fell in an identical scenario, ending her fall season 8-1 in singles play.
In doubles, Davidov and Luddy fought hard, but eventually fell in an 8-6 match, ending Davidov’s fall season 11-3 an Luddy’s 11-2. Landells and Roarty fell in an 8-2 match, ending Landells’ fall season 10-3 and Roarty’s 10-4.
The team returns to the court for the ITA Cup for a three-day tournament from Oct. 17 to Oct. 19.