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There were ten women's tennis teams battling it out this past weekend at Smith College in the Seven Sisters-Ivy League Tournament, but the powerful squads from Princeton and Yale held all the aces.
The Elis and Tigers, traditionally strong in women's sports, split first place honors, Yale grabbing the doubles title and Princeton winning the singles crown. Corey Wynn's Radcliffe squad served its way to a fourth-place finish, just in back of the home team, Smith.
Captain Denise Thal said the Crimson women "pretty much expected" the results, adding that they played extremely well, but were not strong enough for either the Princeton or Yale squads.
Playing in the first doubles slot, Thal and freshman Katie Ditzlen fell in the quarter-final round to the Yale duo of Eve Ellis and Karen Feldman, by a score of 6-2, 2-6, 6-2. Ellis and Feldman went on to win the doubles competition, topping a Princeton tandem.
Sally Roberts, Radcliffe's first singles player, worked her way through two rounds, but in the quarter-finals she met a hometown rival, Debbie Cambell. "I played against her for six years at home," Roberts said, "and never got more than three games from her."
Roberts and Cambell also played doubles together during those years, but this weekend they were on opposite sides of the net, and Cambell, representing Yale, prevailed, 6-2, 6-0, in a two-hour match that Roberts said had long rallies because neither player was hitting out.
Radcliffe's second singles player, Patty Wen, bounced back from a disappointing loss in the first round of the tournament and went on to win two rounds in the consolation bracket, losing finally to a Smith opponent, 6-2, 6-1, in the consolation finals.
The other Crimson duo or Rita Funaro and Joan Gumowitz (second doubles) fell victim to an unlucky draw, meeting the number one team from Princeton in the first round.
Tigers Julie Kirkham and Amy Knox made short work of the Radcliffe pair stroking to a 6-3, 6-1 win.
The Crimson women, now 3-3 for the season, will close out their 1977 campaign against Dartmouth on Friday at 3 p.m. in New Hampshire.
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