Recap courtesy of Bowdoin College
BRUNSWICK, ME – The Bowdoin College women's tennis team avenged a regular-season loss to Tufts with a 5-1 win in the NCAA Regional Final to punch a ticket to the Elite Eight on Saturday.
The Polar Bears (13-6) held a 2-1 lead after doubles and won the first three singles matches to clinch the victory. Tufts (12-8) had captured a 7-2 win over Bowdoin to conclude the regular season back on April 30.
Jumbos Conner Calabro and Tomo Iwasaki combined for the lone Tufts point of the day as the pair secured an 8-2 win at number two doubles. Tess Trinka and Samantha Stalder posted an 8-3 final at three to even the match at one all.
Bowdoin's Joulia Likhanskaia and Tiffany Cheng jumped out to a 6-3 lead at one, but Mina Karamercan and Lauren Louks took three straight games to even the score. Tied 6-6, Likhanskaia held serve to go ahead and the Polar Bears broke Tufts to clinch the 8-6 win and take a 2-1 lead.
Kyra Silitch posted the first singles victory of the day, finishing Calabro in straight sets (6-2, 6-0) at number three. Stalder gave Bowdoin the 4-1 lead with a win at five (7-6, 6-3). Zoe Miller came back to force a tie-breaker in the opener, but Stalder posted a 7-2 score to win the set.
Tess Trinka clinched the match for Bowdoin in a three-set victory at four. The sophomore opened with a 6-3 win before falling 6-2 in the second to Iwasaki. Trinka won the final set 6-3 to hand the Polar Bears the 5-1 win.
Bowdoin heads to Kalamazoo, Michigan for the quarterfinals on May 26-28.
Tufts is not finished either. Louks in singles and Louks with Karamercan in doubles will play in the NCAA individual championships in Kalamazoo May 23-28.