CLAREMONT, Calif. – The University of Chicago tennis teams concluded their California spring break trip by splitting a pair of duals against Williams College on Friday. The Maroon men won 5-2 while the women lost 9-0.
The No. 5-ranked UChicago men improved to 11-2, while the No. 11-ranked Ephs dropped to 4-2.
Doubles play kicked off with 8-2 wins by both teams, as the third pairing of junior Charlie Pei and senior Bobby Bethke raced through their match. The second doubles spot proved dramatic as the match went to a tiebreaker. However, it was sophomore Tyler Raclin and first-year Jeremy Yuan who came out the victors 8-7.
With momentum on its side, UChicago demonstrated its prowess in singles. Senior Nicolas Chua took the first-set tiebreak at No. 2, then raced through the second set by a 6-2 margin. Yuan was similarly efficient with a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 3. Senior Luke Tsai then earned the clinching team point with an impressive 6-2, 6-4 victory at No. 1 singles. The team match was played to decision and two courts concluded as unfinished.
"I couldn't be more proud of the men's team as I am after today's win," said Head Coach Jay Tee. "After a disappointing showing on Wednesday, the coaches spent the past two days challenging the team to bring more energy and to compete at a higher level at every spot, and the guys responded in a big way. To go into that match down four starters from earlier in the year and to come out with a win against a team as good as Williams tells me all I need to know about what this team is made of."
The No. 10-ranked UChicago women dropped to 10-3 and the No. 2-ranked Williams women moved to 4-1.
Williams was on top of its game throughout. UChicago first-year Claire Handa had the closest match of the contest, as she went three sets at No. 1 before falling 6-0, 3-6, 10-3.
"We knew coming in that Williams was going to be a tough team, and they were," Tee said. "However, I'm happy that we're really learning how to bring the same energy and attitude to each and every match, win or lose. We're starting to develop a really great team dynamic and it showed today. I really like the direction we're heading and I'm excited to watch the team compete again in a couple weeks."
Men: UChicago 5, Williams 2
1. Luke Tsai (UC) def. Brian Grodecki (WILL) 6-2, 6-4
2. Nicolas Chua (UC) def. Austin Barr (WILL) 7-6, 6-2
3. Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Sachin Raghavan (WILL) 6-3, 6-3
4. Ananth Raghavan (WILL) def. Charlie Pei (UC) 6-4, 7-5
5. Alex Taylor (WILL) vs. Ninan Kumar (UC) 7-6 (11-9), 5-2, unfinished
6. Tyler Raclin (UC) vs. Arturo Kam (WILL) 7-5, 1-6, 2-3, unfinished
1. Brian Grodecki/Austin Barr (WILL) def. Nicolas Chua/Ninan Kumar (UC) 8-2
2. Tyler Raclin/Jeremy Yuan (UC) def. Alex Taylor/Calvin Chung (WILL) 8-7 (9-7)
3. Charlie Pei/Bobby Bethke (UC) def. Jordan Sadowsky/Arturo Kam (WILL) 8-2
Women: Williams 9, UChicago 0
1. Juli Raventos (WILL) def. Claire Handa (UC) 6-0, 3-6, 10-3
2. Rachel Cross (WILL) def. Marjorie Antohi (UC) 6-2, 6-1
3. Leah Bush (WILL) def. Catherine Xu (UC) 6-1, 6-1
4. Chloe Henderson (WILL) def. Alyssa Rudin (UC) 7-6 (7-3), 6-0
5. Mia Gancayco (WILL) def. Laura Gutierrez (UC) 6-1, 6-1
6. Julia Cancio (WILL) def. Daryn Ellison (UC) 6-2, 6-1
1. Juli Raventos/Julia Cancio (WILL) def. Claire Handa/Marjorie Antohi (UC) 8-1
2. Rachel Cross/Chloe Henderson (WILL) def. Catherine Xu/Daryn Ellison (UC) 8-2
3. Emily Zheng/Giulia McDonnell (WILL) def. Alyssa Rudin/Laura Gutierrez (UC) 8-5
- WOMEN: Friday-Saturday, Apr. 6-7 – UChicago at Midwest Invite (Madison, Wis.)
- MEN: Friday, Apr. 13 @ 4:00 PM – UChicago vs. Gustavus Adolphus College (at West Bend, Wis.)