he Bates’ women’s tennis team brought both excitement and a drive to compete as they traveled to Middlebury, Vermont for the ITA Northeast Regional Championships on Friday at Middlebury College.
The ITA Northeast Regional Championships feature some of the most talented men’s and women’s tennis players across the country. Over 8,000 eager student-athletes from NCAA Division I, II, III, NAIA, Junior and Community Colleges compete across 85 USTA/ITA Regional Championships around the country. Bates, Bowdoin, Colby, Trinity, Wesleyan, Amherst, and Williams were among the NESCAC schools present at this tournament.
The competition was tough and every single player fought hard. Alexandra Hakusui, one of the team’s former captains, recalls that “the team really left it all on the court. Emma Mattson’s performance on court and Emma Blakeley’s enthusiasm really kept the team optimistic throughout the match.”
Isabella Stone, a first-year, started the day off strong with a win and was the highlight of the tournament. Competing in her first collegiate match, Stone, from Concord, Mass., defeated Izzy Gorham of Wheaton College 7-5, 6-4 and impressively advanced to the second round in the vast field of 64 talented players. Unfortunately, Stone was defeated in the second round, 6-1, 6-0, to seeded player Lily Bondy of Middlebury.
Maisie Silverman, a sophomore from Brunswick, Maine, and Kelsey Pearson, a junior from Orange, California, were among the other fearless participants in this fierce bracket of competition. Silverman competed in the singles field, falling 6-3, 6-3 to Zoe Miller of Tufts. Silverman also teamed up with Pearson in the doubles field. Despite their potent efforts, the pair dropped an 8-2 match to Amherst’s top-seeded team of Vickie Ip and Sue Ghosh.
As the team continues to tackle and compete in what is an abbreviated fall schedule, they will have the home field advantage and battle Merrimack College this Sunday, October 4.