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Women’s Tennis National Championship Today


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UPDATE: The Ephs storm it, coming from behind to present Coach Alison Swain ’11 with another National Championship. Congratulations on a well-played, tough contest (made even sweeter by taking revenge on the Jeffs for winning the NESCAC title).

Some details here.




Good luck to the woman’s tennis team, who face Amherst in Georgia today for the NCAA Division III championship. Led by Williams’s own Alison Swain ’01 (pictured above), who co-captained the team to its first national championship in 2001 and coached the Eph players to the 2008 championship in her first year at the helm, second-ranked Williams is looking for revenge against a top-ranked Amherst team that has beaten them in two of their three encounters this year, denying the Ephs the NESCAC title.

The match begins at 1 P.M. The weather is unsettled: overcast with the chance of rain increasing and temperatures starting in the 70s with the heat expected to rise until cooled by rains. The Ephs had a relatively easy semifinal against Emory yesterday morning. Chicago gave Amherst a tough fight in the afternoon. 

If anyone finds a way to follow the match, please let us know. Is there anyone down there who could tweet about it?

Go Williams!

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#1 Comment By JeffZ On May 21, 2009 @ 8:41 am

I believe this is the live stats site:


#2 Comment By Larry George On May 21, 2009 @ 1:54 pm

After the first part of the singles, the Jeffs are walking away with it. Don’t know how long the delay is in posting results, but maybe there’s still time to pull it out.

At the end of the doubles, the Jeffs are ahead 2-1.

Come on, Ephs!

It’s underway. Amherst leads 2-1 after the first set of the doubles. Both teams have shown the ability to come from behind in the last few days, so it is early days yet.

Go Ephs!

#3 Comment By Wrestling Parent On May 21, 2009 @ 2:40 pm

Each match is best of 3 sets..correct? does anyone know the team well enough to dientify the “must win” and “swing” matches? Given how close the previous three matches were, perhaps they all fall into the swing category.

#4 Comment By lgeorge On May 21, 2009 @ 3:13 pm

Pulling from behind. Such heart. But can they do it? Go you Ephs!

#5 Comment By lgeorge On May 21, 2009 @ 3:43 pm

Two singles in, both to Williams. It is a battle.

#6 Comment By JPM On May 21, 2009 @ 3:53 pm

WILLIAMS WINS 5-2!!!!!!!

#7 Comment By anon On May 21, 2009 @ 3:57 pm

Spectacular! Way to go, everyone!

#8 Comment By lgeorge On May 21, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

I wish I could talk with someone who saw that match. Did Amherst come in cocky, and juiced by their narrow win yesterday? Did Williams’s easier (and earlier) contest yesterday give them the extra milage? Either way, from the numbers, they all gave it an amazing effort, Ephs and Jeffs both. Special kudos to the Ephs for battling back when it looked like they were getting sunk. I think that’s especially hard to pull off when it seems like the whole team is going down.

And now we’ll wait to see whether the Amherst men are #1 or have to settle for #2 in their contest in California.

Any news from track & field yet? I’ve been busy over at the tennis refreshing the pdf.

#9 Comment By current student On May 21, 2009 @ 7:58 pm

And the Lord Jeffs are #2 in on the men’s side, too. UC Santa Cruz blanked the team 5-0. https://www.amherst.edu/athletics/teams/fall/tennis-m/articles/2008-09/0521_uc.

#10 Comment By jeffz On May 21, 2009 @ 8:11 pm

Director’s Cup standings out — Middlebury squeezed into the picture as well, edging out Williams. Midd did very well in yet-to-be-tallied men’s lacrosse, women’s tennis, and men’s tennis, which makes them a contender as well. I still think it will likely end up coming down to Amherst and Williams though, unless Midd can score some points in track and field …

#11 Comment By jeffz On May 21, 2009 @ 8:12 pm


(forgot the link).

Williams off to a good start in track and field, with two men’s entries (4 x 400 and 1500) and one women’s entry (1500) making the final heat. 4×400 are guaranteed of an all-american finish (only eight teams make finals).

#12 Comment By AC ’98 On May 21, 2009 @ 9:53 pm

Williams actually fell a little further off the pace after the two tennis tournaments since the two second place finishes for Amherst are worth 90 points a piece.

Does Williams’ crew team still have a chance to earn points? If not, track and field is the key, where one or two top individual performances can put a team high in the standings. Williams has a real chance of gaining points; Amherst only has one athlete in the competition and I believe he is only in one event!

Regardless of the Director’s Cup final results, it’s been a great year for Amherst athletics, especially considering that several of the historically average Jeffs programs (men’s soccer, men’s hockey, men’s tennis, women’s basketball, for example) had deep NCAA playoff runs.

#13 Comment By lgeorge On May 21, 2009 @ 10:30 pm

Lauren Phlbrook ’09 won the 10,000 meter today. Her time beat the stadium record by three minutes.

For tennis, Amherst netted only 7 points there (90+90= 180 vs. 100+ 73=17),thanks to great shows by both Eph teams (and, on the men’s side, a little help from the Banana Slugs in the final). Does anyone know what the lax points were? Also still to be added in are T&F, where Williams is doing well, and women’s crew, where Williams is favored to win a fourth consecutive championship (and neither Amherst nor Midd will have an oar in the water).

The “Herst did do well. Here’s hoping not well enough.

#14 Comment By frank uible On May 22, 2009 @ 2:55 am

Amherst’s scoring in this year’s Directors’ Cup, for all practical purposes, is complete and, by my count, puts Amherst 166.5 points ahead of Williams. There are 2 events remaining in which Williams has scoring opportunities – women’s crew and spring track and field (which for Director’s Cup purposes is broken into women’s spring track and field and men’s spring track and field). Williams is favored to win the championship in women’s crew – an eventuality which would add a 100 Directors’ Cup points to Williams’ score. Last year Williams received 61.5 Directors’ Cup points in spring women’s track and field and none in men’s.

#15 Comment By frank uible On May 22, 2009 @ 3:01 am

Vice-versa – 61.5 in men’s and none in women’s.

#16 Comment By lgeorge On May 22, 2009 @ 6:10 am

The Republican’s headline on the tennis was “No tennis titles for Amherst.”



So we wait and see on the track and field, with most events concluding tomorrow. The women were third after Philbrook’s championship run yesterday, but that was early days.

Go Ephs!

The women’s tennis team must be almost walking on air, and the men should be mighty pleased with themselves as well.

#17 Comment By jeffz On May 22, 2009 @ 6:47 am

Frank, how do you figure? In the latest standings (which include women’s golf for Amherst and women’s lacrosse for Williams; neither scored in yet-to-be-tallied baseball and men’s lacrosse), Amherst is only 57 ahead. Add in tennis and that goes up to 64. So if Williams wins women’s crew, even if they scored no points in track and field (and they are already guaranteed of scoring quite a few in women’s and at least some in men’s), they would beat Amherst. They could actually now pull ahead of Amherst from the track and field teams alone.

Middlebury I think may now, barely, end up ahead of Amherst, because they will get a lot of points from men’s lacrosse, and a decent amount from both men’s and women’s tennis.

#18 Comment By jeffz On May 22, 2009 @ 6:58 am

By the way, if Williams ends up eeking this out, a few small moments stand out: the women’s lacrosse team cinderella run through the NESCAC tourney, enabling them to squeeze into the NCAA’s and earn some absolutely crucial points; the clutch victory from Reich against Dennison, which was the difference between a fifth place finish and a national title (and likely a national title for Amherst); and a few thrilling late-season volleyball victories, including knocking Amherst out in the NESCAC finals … all of those teams really came through in the clutch.

#19 Comment By frank uible On May 22, 2009 @ 8:18 am

Amherst had a 59.5 point lead on Williams at the end of winter sports add to that 51 points for women’s golf and add a net of 17 points for men’s tennis minus 25 points for Williams women’s lax and minus a net of 10 points for women’s tennis gives 92.5 for Amherst’s current lead, not 166.5. My error – I don’t know how I got 166.5. My excuse – it was late in the day.

#20 Comment By Jeffz On May 22, 2009 @ 8:54 am

No worries. But according to standings it seems williams actually netted points between womens golf and lacrosse. So they are in pretty good shape so long as crew comes through.

#21 Comment By anon On May 22, 2009 @ 11:14 am

The Women’s crew is favored to win the NCAA championship. If you are in NJ, come and support them May 29 and 30!

#22 Comment By JPM On May 22, 2009 @ 11:35 am

Here’s an attempt to put some numbers together now that the tennis and men’s lax are completed. As JeffZ pointed out above, the point tally after the first set of Spring results is as follows:

Amherst => 730.0 points
Midd => 698.0 points
Williams => 673.5 points

Amherst scored an additional 180.0 points for the 2nd place finishes by both men’s and women’s tennis. Amherst now has 910.0 points.

Midd will receive 83 points for its 3rd place finish in men’s lax, 73 points for its 5th place finish in men’s tennis and 64 points for its 9th place finish in women’s tennis. That’s an additional 220 points for Midd. Midd now has 918.0 points.

Williams scored an additional 173 points for its 1st in women’s tennis and its 5th in men’s tennis. Williams now has 846.5 points.

Midd => 918.0 points
Amherst => 910.0 points
Williams => 846.5 points

As indicated above, Midd has passed Amherst and Williams trails Midd by 71.5 points.

There are three sports left to score points: women’s crew, men’s track & field and women’s track & field.

Amherst is essentially done scoring points.

Midd has five women competing in the track & field championships (although 2 of the five failed to qualify for the finals in their respective events Thursday so they did not score any points at the meet for Midd).

Neither college has a boat in the women’s crew competition.

So, based on my calculations, Williams can surpass Middd’s 71.5 point lead if the women’s crew team can finish at least 5th in their championship (note – the 5th place team last year in women’s crew received 73 points). It appears that such a result is very doable, barring a disaster. In addition, the Williams men and women at the track championships are performing well and should score some additional points.

Bottom line — Williams will win its 11th consecutive Directors’ Cup and 13th overall.

#23 Comment By Larry George On May 22, 2009 @ 5:45 pm

Go, you Ephs!

And thanks, folks, for working out the numbers for us.

#24 Comment By Larry George On May 22, 2009 @ 10:32 pm


Sounds like it really helped them that they were playing Amherst, and Amherst had taken the NESCAC championship from them.

#25 Comment By Larry George On May 23, 2009 @ 10:53 am

Several of our very tired but gallant Eph men and women went on after the team championships to compete in the individual championship. They have all now been eliminated, but not before several earned All-American honors

#26 Comment By JPM On May 24, 2009 @ 9:46 am

Williams likely garnered approximately 120 points as a result of the 14th and 15th place finishes, respectively, by the men’s and women’s T&F teams.

As a result, Williams has overtaken both Midd and Amherst in the Directors’ Cup standings.

The results from women’s crew will add to Williams’ lead.

Congratulations to all the athletes…

#27 Comment By lgeorge On May 24, 2009 @ 10:26 am

Thank you very much for working that out, JPM.

Congratulations to all of the Williams athletes on an outstanding year. And best of luck to our oarswomen and their coxswains next weekend in New Jersey.

Congratulations, too, to the men’s crew. Theirs is not an NCAA championship sport so their season is over, but it was a stellar one. And some part of the women’s success is attributable to the guys, who are their wonderfully enthusiastic and supportive fans.

#28 Comment By frank uible On May 24, 2009 @ 10:34 am

Even when overall Williams is having what amounts to it as a ho-hum year, and Amherst is having a relatively gangbusters one, Amherst still can’t beat Williams in the Directors’ Cup competition. It has got to be a little discouraging.