Archive for October 26th, 2009

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Oct
09

cats have long but successful days at NEWITTs

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When the women travel to Amherst, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke to play in the New England Women’s Invitational Tennis Tournament (NEWITTs) every fall, they know weather is going to have an affect on the tournament. Last weekend, like many years before, the weather made for a longer day than most had hoped. And for the first year women on the team, they got their first chance to live through our team motto: Enjoy the Struggle.

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With rain looming all weekend, the tournament draw was made with the plan to play all matches indoors at Mt. Holyoke and Smith. With over 200 hundred women in the tournament, the format was shortened to eight game pro sets for both singles and doubles. And just like last year, the format was a Fed Cup style, with each pair from a school would team up to play one doubles match and singles match for each player with the team winning two out of the three matches to advance to the next round. Bates had teams playing at all different times during the day, Jenna and Ashley being the first at 9am and Alex and Meg not playing their first match until 4pm. There would be a lot of sitting around throughout the day, but this also allowed the Cats to support each other.

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Because there were so many matches played over the weekend, I will highlight some of the great performances of the Cats. Alex and Meg advanced the furthest in the A flight, making it to the round of 16 losing to a strong #1 team from defending National Champion Williams. The freshman duos of Jenna and Ashley, and Katie and Jacquie showed all the doubles drills we have been doing are paying off as they won 3 out of 5 of their doubles matches over the weekend. Maria and Jean, our only team in the B flight, made it to the round of 16 proving we are much deeper team than in the past. On Saturday, Ashley came from behind in her singles match against Babson to get the win. Even though she had been playing well she was down 4-7 and knew she had to step up her play to another level if she was going to find victory. That is exactly what she did, winning 9-7 and securing the 3-0 victory for her and Jenna.

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The tournament was a great learning experience for our young team, but was also a lot of fun for the Cats to finally play against other competition after about six weeks of practice. We have a lot to look forward to in the spring season, but everyone knows how hard we have to work to take down the top teams in the NESCAC. Going through such a long two days was certainly not the easiest thing to do, but as this team grows together they will use this experience to thrive in tough situations and will definitely Enjoy the Struggle.

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