Women's Tennis Opens Western Swing With Two Wins Against Ranked Opponents

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. - The Bowdoin College women's tennis team won two of its first three matches in California to open the 2012 schedule this week.

The Polar Bears (2-2), ranked 12th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association poll, defeated both 21st-ranked UC Santa Cruz (7-2) and 14th-ranked Washington (Mo.) University (6-3) in impressive fashion. Bowdoin's lone loss came in a hard-fought 5-4 decision to ninth-ranked Pomona-Pitzer.

Junior Chantalle Lavertu is off to a scalding start having wiped out her first three opponents in straight sets, losing just two points over her trio of matches at the #4 singles position. Kellen Alberstone, Kate Winingham, and Emily Lombardi earned two wins each at the number one through three positions while Emma Lewis took a pair of wins at #5, as did Susana Howard at #6.

The Polar Bears are looking to find their stride in doubles play, having recorded a 3-6 mark over the first three contests. Lavertu and Lewis have combined for two of those victories, against Wash U and Santa Cruz.

Bowdoin will take a brief respite before returning to the court on March 17 for a pair of matches against Rochester and Chapman.