Smith Earns Fourth Position at Seven Sisters Tennis Championship
Published: Thursday, April 19, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, April 18, 2012 23:04
The past weekend saw the start of the Seven Sisters Tennis Championship at South Hadley, with Smith playing against Wellesley, Vassar, Bryn Mawr and Mount Holyoke.
At the end of the two days, Smith stood at the fourth position after winning their match 3-2 against Bryn Mawr.
“The team played with tremendous heart,” said Head Coach Christine Davis, who has been guiding Smith’s tennis program since 1979. “The players were gracious competitors and gave their very best this weekend.”
On Saturday, the first day of the tournament, Wellesley defeated both Smith and Mount Holyoke. Vassar won matches against Smith and Bryn Mawr, while Mount Holyoke won its match against Bryn Mawr.
The next day saw Smith’s victory against Bryn Mawr and defeat against Mount Holyoke. Vassar won against current reigning champion Wellesley 3-2, thus securing their tenth title, which also happens to be their second in the past three years.
With their victory, Vassar earned first place with 18 points and a perfect 4-0 record, while Wellesley came in second with 17 points.
Mount Holyoke claimed the third spot for the third year in a row with nine points, while Smith’s four points and Bryn Mawr’s two points took them to fourth and fifth place respectively.
With their single wins, Vassar’s Jennifer Beckerman and Jennifer Ruther, along with Joy Backer (Vassar), Diana Granger (Wellesley), Kendall Tada (Wellesley), Nahrhee Han (Mount Holyoke), Maya Sayarath (Mount Holyoke), Clair Oblamski ’12, Jaimi Inskeep ’12 and Anna Perocchi (Bryn Mawr) were named to the All-Tournament team.
Davis said, “I saw a positive team with tremendous heart, smiles and laughter, tears because you cared, come-back spirit, dogged-ed determination, excellent sportsmanship, thoughtful on-court strategizing, supportive nature, overcoming injuries, overcoming disappointment, coming back with determination, figuring out what to do next, not complaining, never quitting, being there for each other, always encouraging and showing love for the game and for each other.”
Smith will compete next at Wesleyan University on Saturday, April 21.