Today, Williams looks to upset Amherst for the NESCAC title in both men’s and women’s tennis.  Both Eph tennis squads are led by alumni, Alison Swain ’01 for the women and Dan Greenberg ’08 for the men.  Swain has a fairly respectable start to her coaching career: three seasons, three national titles.

At 9:00 this morning at Middlebury, the third-seeded Williams men, fresh off upsetting defending national champion Middlebury thanks to a clinching comeback win from Zach Weiss ’13, looks to avenge a 5-4 regular-season loss to top seeded Amherst.  Amherst has finished second nationally two years running, and is the favorite to win this year’s national title.   The Ephs have a very young team — none of the top six singles players are upperclassmen — making this year’s run all the more impressive.  Despite being two of the top ten teams in the country, Amherst and Williams are both looking to end long championship draughts due to Middlebury’s recent dominance: since 1992 for Amherst, and since 2003 for the Ephs.

The women’s tennis match, played at 1:00 at Amherst, features top-ranked (nationally) Amherst versus number two Williams.  Amherst has dominated the NESCAC tourney in recent years (the Jeffs are looking for their seventh straight NESCAC crown), and has already beaten Williams twice this year, but oddly, the Ephs have had far more success in the NCAA tourney, including the aforementioned three straight national titles (and five total titles over the past decade).   Williams cruised path number five (nationally) Tufts in the NESCAC semifinal.

Go Ephs!

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