|Williams' Ekstrand Wins NCAA Tennis Title|
|Williams Sports Information, |
07:25PM / Sunday, May 30, 2021
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn.. – On the last day of the individual championships for NCAA DIII women's tennis, Williams College freshman Erica Ekstrand defeated Christina Watson of Emory in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3, to become the first Williams woman to win the NCAA DIII singles title.
Ekstrand on her way to the title not only beat Christina Watson, the Emory No. 2 singles player, but also Emory's No. 1 singles player, Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico, in straight sets in the semifinals. Emory won the 2021 team title.
Ekstrand, who was given the nickname "Rocky" for her fierce competitiveness, lived up to that nickname again today as she took control of the championship match from the start and never let Watson gain any traction.