The Williams men’s and women’s tennis teams both play in the NCAA tennis championship semifinals today. The women play at 2:00 eastern time, followed by the men at 5:00.  Follow both matches live here.

The second-ranked and three-time defending national champion women, who defeated homestanding Claremont yesterday, look for revenge against UChicago, who defeated the Ephs earlier this season.  Meanwhile, UChicago looks for payback of its own, as Williams bested them in last year’s semifinals.  Should be a great match. If Williams wins, they may face Amherst in tomorrow’s championship, although the Jeffs have to first get by a very talented Emory squad.

Unlike the women, who were widely expected to earn a place in the semis, the thirteenth-ranked men had to upset third-ranked Claremont in dramatic fashion, on Claremont’s home court, late last night.   Considering the circumstances, Bryan Chow ’13 had arguably the best individual effort by an Eph athlete all year. First, he and his partner won at first doubles.  Then, Chow fought off five seven points, recovering from a set down to defeat Claremont’s senior captain in a dramatic third set tiebreaker (11-9 in the tie break).  The pressure must have been immense, as all other matches were completed by that point, and Chow knew that a mistake on any of those match points would have ended the Ephs’ season.  Chow was very opportunistic, converting on his lone match point chance.  Eph coach Dan Greenberg ’08 called it the most “unbelievable college match he has seen.”  And Chow’s victory may end up earning the Ephs just enough points to edge out Middlebury in what should be a very competitive Director’s Cup race.

Williams faces an even tougher test against second-ranked Amherst today.  The Jeffs have already beaten Williams twice this year, and should have more left in the tank after a relatively easy quarterfinal victory yesterday.  But don’t count the Ephs out, as they were not expected to have a chance against Claremont, either.  Go Ephs!

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