NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - The Bowdoin women's tennis team earned a pair of wins over nationally-ranked squads in its spring debut in California on Monday.
The 10th-ranked Polar Bears opened with a 6-3 win over 13th-ranked Trinity (Texas) before sweeping 19th-ranked Vassar 9-0. The Polar Bears will return to the court on Wednesday against Rochester in Palm Springs.
Bowdoin fell behind 2-1 after doubles play against Trinity, getting a point at #2 from the duo of Emma Lewis and Kellen Alberstone. Bowdoin dominated singles action, though, earning wins in five of six matches, including four straight-set wins. Alberstone took a convincing point at #1 (6-1, 6-3) while Chantalle Lavertu earned a win at #3 (6-1, 6-4). Tiffany Cheng (6-2, 6-0), Emma Chow (3-6, 6-2, 6-2) and Courtney Gallagher (7-5, 6-2) triumphed as well in positions 4-6 to seal the Bowdoin win.
The Polar Bears carried their momentum into the afternoon where they did not lose a set to Vassar in a dominating performance. The doubles teams of Emma Chow/Lavertu, Lewis/Alberstone and Gallagher/Cheng all took wins. Bowdoin then clinched straight-set wins down the singles ladder courtesy of Alberstone (6-2, 6-2), Lavertu (6-1, 6-1), Cheng (6-1, 6-0), Chow (6-1, 6-2), Susanna Howard (6-2, 6-2) and Gallagher (6-2, 7-5).