Women’s tennis (5-0, 1-0 in the NESCAC), ranked No. 2 in the nation, started its spring season off strong with a decisive 9-0 win over No. 20 Skidmore on Saturday.
Co-captain Kathleen Elkins ’14 had strong showings in both her singles and doubles matches. Playing at No. 2 singles, Elkins crushed her opponent, Melissa Hirsch, in straight sets. Elkins took the first set 6-0 before winning an idenitcal 6-0 in the second and final set. In doubles, Elkins and partner Maria Pylypiv ’15 defeated the Skidmore pair of Alex Smith and Rachel Plevinsky 8-4. Pylypiv also played well at No. 4 singles, winning her match against Monique Carlson 6-3, 6-0.
Co-captain Kara Shoemaker ’14 won her No. 1 singles match against Lee Ford 6-1, 6-2 and claimed a victory at the No. 1 doubles spot with partner Rebecca Curran ’15, defeating Lee Ford and Madie Benn 8-5. Curran played at No. 5 singles and defeated her opponent, Robyn Baird, 6-1, 6-1.
Playing at No. 6 singles, Hannah Atkinson ’17 defeated Caroline Hobbs 6-0, 6-4 in her spring debut match. Monica Pastor ’15 joined Atkinson for the No. 3 doubles match in which they crushed the team of Zoe Valella and Melissa Hirsch 8-1.
Linda Shin ’17 played at No. 3 singles and defeated Madie Benn 6-2, 6-2.
In exhibition matches, Alex Stone ’16 and Maya Hart ’16 played a doubles match against Robyn
Baird and Yumi Karlshoej, winning 8-1. Monica Pastor ’15 won her singles match against Zoe Valella 8-5 and Stone beat Rachel Plevinsky 8-2.
“Everyone played really well against Skidmore and the team had a lot of great energy,” Shoemaker said.
This was the women’s only match before their spring break trip to California where they are set to play Azusa Pacific on March 24 in a cross-divisional matchup.