The Hamilton College women's tennis team wrapped up the non-conference portion of its schedule by edging the visiting William Smith College Herons Wednesday at Hamilton's Margaret Bundy Scott Field House. The Continentals posted a 5-4 win in a match-up of regionally ranked teams.
Hamilton is now 10-5 on the season and the Continentals are 16th in the latest ITA Northeast Region ranking. William Smith, who fell to 8-7, is 20th.
The Continentals' last three wins have all come by 5-4 counts and for the second match in a row, the clinching point came from Iona Forrester '20 at sixth singles.
Forrester improved to 8-5 on the season, posting a 6-3, 6-1 win at number six to complete Hamilton's comeback (the Continentals rallied from a 2-1 deficit after dropping two of the three doubles contests).
Claire Keyte '17 and Samantha Weeks '19 both contributed to victories in singles and doubles play. After teaming for an 8-4 win at the second doubles spot, the two swept their singles opponents at number two and number four, respectively.
Keyte and Weeks are now 14-8 in doubles completion; Keyte continued to extend her own school record by raising her career total to 56 doubles wins. Weeks is now a team-best 14-6 in singles play, while Keyte – who outlasted her opponent 15-13 in a tiebreaker in the first set – is 11-9 on the year.
Hamilton's other point came at third singles, where Jane Haffer '19 was a straight-set winner to improve to 12-8 overall.
The Continentals return to NESCAC competition this weekend, traveling to Massachusetts for a pair of matches against nationally ranked opponents Tufts and Amherst; Hamilton faces the eighth-ranked Jumbos Saturday and faces the nationally ranked No. 12 Mammoths Sunday.
HAMILTON 5, William Smith 4
Margaret Bundy Scott Field House
Hamilton College; Clinton, N.Y.
April 19, 2017
1. Hannah More (WS) d. Winnie Tang 6-4, 7-5.
2. Claire Keyte (H) d. Michaelann Denton 7-6 (15-13), 6-0.
3. Jane Haffer (H) d. Allie Perron 6-4, 6-2.
4. Samantha Weeks (H) d. Kate Foley 6-4, 6-1.
5. Alex Greenberg (WS) d. Claudia Morse 6-0, 6-1.
6. Iona Forrester (H) d. Leland Barclay 6-3, 6-1.
1. More/Perron (WS) d. Tang/Haffer 8-2.
2. Keyte/Weeks (H) d. Denton/Foley 8-4.
3. Morgan Hamre/Alex Cattie (WS) d. Morse/Forrester 8-3.