May 16, 2014

Women's Tennis Battles Williams in NCAA Quarterfinals Monday (Video)

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's tennis team will look to continue its run in the NCAA Tournament on Monday as they play in the Division III Quarterfinals against Williams in Claremont, Calif.

The seventh-ranked Polar Bears (16-6) will play the third-ranked Ephs (21-2) at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center at 6:00 p.m. local time (9:00 p.m. EST) Monday evening. The NCAA will be providing live webcast coverage and live stats from the tournament. Click the links above to follow online.

Click the video to listen to seniors Kate Winingham and Emma Lewis discuss Bowdoin's prospects heading into quarterfinal play next week. Read below for match notes about the Polar Bears.

Bowdoin NCAA Quarterfinal Notes

  • The Bowdoin College women's tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division III Quarterfinals for the third time in school history following a 5-2 defeat of Middlebury on May 11. It is the third NCAA Quarterfinal appearance for the Polar Bears, who also advanced to the round of eight in 2008 and '12. They will be looking to make their first-ever NCAA Semifinal appearance.
  • Current head coach Paul "Hobie" Holbach has led the Polar Bears to all three of their NCAA Quarterfinal appearances and owns a 91-52 record (.636) all-time at Bowdoin. He is two wins shy of becoming the winningest coach in program history (Ed Reid, 93 wins)
  • The Polar Bears are ranked 7th in the latest ITA Division III National Poll and have faced quarterfinal opponent Williams twice this season, losing a 7-2 decision on April 26 and suffering a 5-3 setback in the NESCAC Semifinals two weeks ago.  
  • Bowdoin's #3 doubles pairing of Pilar Giffenig and Tiffany Cheng own a 14-1 record this spring, good enough for sixth-place on Bowdoin's school list for single-season doubles victories. 
  • First-year Joulia Likhanskaia recently moved to #1 singles for the Polar Bears and has recorded a 19-3 record this year, tying the program record for wins by a first-year and sitting sixth in school history for a single season.
  • With two wins last weekend, senior Kate Winingham moved into second place in school history with 64 career victories. Kristen Raymond won 76 matches between 2005-08.