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Williams' Ekstrand Reaches NCAA Tennis Final
Williams Sports Information,
07:42PM / Saturday, May 29, 2021
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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Three Williams women's tennis players competed Saturday in the individuals for the DIII individual national tennis championships.
Erica Ekstrand competed in the quarterfinals for singles. In her first match, Ekstrand took on Tilly Rigby from Tufts, the Jumbos' No. 1 and the 2021 NESCAC Rookie of the Year. Ekstrand won in straight sets 6-3, 7-5.
In her semifinals match, Ekstrand was matched up against the No. 1 seed in the tournament, Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico from Emory University. Ekstrand won, 6-1, 6-2.
Ekstrand is the first Williams player to compete in an NCAA singles final since Juli Raventos in 2018.
In the doubles tournament, Zoë Bennett and Jenny Tian lost a close match to their opponents from Trinity (Texas) 7-5, 6-3.
Men's Tennis
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. - Arturo Kam advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championship before falling short to Leo Vithoontien of Carleton College in the semifinals.
Kam was the lone survivor in the NCAA Championship for Williams after winning his previous two matches on Friday.
Kam's day started with a matchup against James Hopper of Case Western Reserve University. Hopper was seeded second in the singles event. Kam battled in his first set, winning 7-6, before falling 2-6 in the second.
With his tournament life on the line, Kam defeated Hopper in the third set 6-4, coming back from a 4-1 deficit to advance to the semifinals.
With only a few hours of rest, Kam took on Leo Vithoontien, the senior from Carleton College.  After a 6-1 loss in the first set, Kam fought back before falling 6-4 in the second set, eliminating him from the tournament.
WEST WINDSOR, N.J. -- Williams men's crew returned to Mercer Lake for one last race at the IRA Championships on Saturday morning, the third level finals in the Varsity Challenge Cup (V8) and Kennedy Challenge Cup (2V8).
Battling very difficult conditions with a cold and gusty headwind and pouring rain, both Williams crews finished sixth in their respective final races, ultimately earning 18th place finishes in the first and second eights.
Williams was ranked 20th nationally in the IRCA national poll. With the day of racing over, it finished one of its strongest spring campaigns in recent memory, sending off the Class of '21 on a positive note.
With their 18th place finish Williams men's crew was the top finishing DIII team at the 2021 IRA Championship.
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