Recap courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, ME – The Tufts University women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Regional Final after finishing off Colby-Sawyer 5-0 in the second round on Friday morning at Bowdoin College.
The Jumbos (12-7) face familiar NESCAC opponent Bowdoin tomorrow at 9:00 am in the third round. The winner will advance to the national quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, Michigan on May 23.
The Colby-Sawyer Chargers (19-6) had earned the North Eastern Athletic Conference automatic qualifier and advanced to the second round of NCAA tournament play after defeating UMass-Dartmouth 5-0 on Thursday.
Tufts swept doubles play to jump out to a quick 3-0 lead. Lauren Louks and Mina Karamercan, who earned an NCAA doubles berth earier this week, combined for an 8-0 sweep at number one. Jumbos Zoe Miller and Otilia Popa doing the same at three. Conner Calabro and Tomo Iwasaki captured an 8-2 victory for Tufts at number two.
With the doubles sweep, the Jumbos needed only two singles matches to clinch the victory. Chelsea Hayashi secured the team's fourth point of the day with a 6-1, 6-0 finish at six singles. Calabro clinched the match for Tufts (6-0, 6-1) at number three.
Head coach Kate Bayard's Jumbos will be attempting to reach the NCAA Quarterfinals for just the second time in program history. The 2011 Jumbos are the only squad to do so.
Tufts is in its 15th NCAA Tournament in the last 16 years. With Friday's win over Colby-Sawyer, the Jumbos have a 17-14 overall record in NCAA play. This is the ninth straight time that Tufts has won its first match in the NCAA Tournament since 2007.