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Williams edges Emory for seventh title in eight years

2015 Division III Women’s Tennis

Williams College and Emory University have grown accustomed to seeing each other in the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Championships.

The two programs have combined to win 14 of the past 15 national titles in the sport – Washington & Lee University’s title in 2007 was the only time these two powerhouses in Division III women’s tennis have not gone home with the championship trophy through that stretch.

Their latest titanic struggle came in the finals. It took the Ephs more than five hours to edge Emory, 5-4, May 20 in Mason, Ohio.

The two teams were deadlocked at 4-4, so the national title came down to the No. 2 singles match between Linda Shin of Williams and Bea Rosen of Emory. Rosen won six straight games to take the opening set, 6-4, but Shin rallied to take the next two sets, 6-2, 6-3, to give the Ephs their seventh national championship in the past eight years.

Shin, a sophomore, teamed with Juli Raventos to capture the doubles national title with a three-set victory over Katie Kousman and Caroline Ward of Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

“It’s amazing,” Williams coach Alison Swain said. “We’re all in shock right now. They just have the ultimate balance of talent, tenacity and joy out there in doubles. Juli has amazing hands at the net, and Linda can get anything in the back ‒ they are both so fast. Plus they both took their service games up a notch.”

Eudice Chong of Wesleyan University (Connecticut) won the individual singles title with a tight, three-set victory over Joulia Likhanskaia of Bowdoin College. Chong finished 22-0 on the season, and the only two sets she dropped this spring were to Likhanskaia.

The Results
2015 Division III Women’s Tennis

Williams 5, Emory 4

Williams 5, Amherst 1
Emory 5, Claremont-M-S 1

Eudice Chong, Wesleyan (CT), def. Joulia Likhanskaia, Bowdoin, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5

Linda Shin and Juli Raventos, Williams, def. Katie Kousman and Caroline Ward, Claremont-M-S, 7-5, 6-7 (4-7), 6-3

Lindsey Liles, Sewanee

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