WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- The No. 30 nationally ranked Bates women's tennis team took three out of six points in singles play in a 6-3 loss at No. 10 Williams on Sunday, in the Bobcats' final match of the regular season.
The result may have eliminated Bates (7-10, 3-5 NESCAC) from contention for one of six berths in the NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship tournament, taking place May 3-5 at Middlebury, as Williams (6-9, 3-5 NESCAC) improved its conference record to the same as the Bobcats', with Middlebury, Wesleyan, Bowdoin, Amherst and Tufts all owning five or more NESCAC wins this season.
Despite hard-fought contests at two of three doubles matchups, the Bobcats trailed 3-0 going into singles play. Senior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) and first-year Anna Rozin (Toronto, Ontario) lost 8-5 to Leah Bush and Julia Pham at No. 1 singles, while juniors Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) and Isabelle Rovinski (New York, N.Y.) pushed Emily Zheng and Maxine Ng into a tiebreaker to decide the No. 3 doubles match, falling 8-7(4).
Rozin and Rovinski scored wins for the Bobcats at third and fifth singles, respectively. Rovinski defeated Sarah Yang 6-1, 6-0 at the five spot, while Rozin outlasted Chloe Henderson in three sets, 7-6(4), 1-6, 10-3, improving her record to 8-9 this year playing either second or third singles.
Bates also picked up a point at No. 6 singles, where the Ephs forfeited to Bates junior Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.).