Giffenig Lifts Polar Bears Past Wesleyan in NCAA Regional Final

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - Pilar Giffenig won the clinching point in a dramatic three-setter to give the Bowdoin College women's tennis team a 5-4 win over Wesleyan in the regional finals of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday at Maine Pines Tennis Center.

The Polar Bears (16-5) advance to the national quarterfinals for the second consecutive year and third time in the last four years. Wesleyan, who was looking for its first NCAA quarterfinal appearance, ends its year with a record of 12-5.

Match Highlights

  • Bowdoin took an early 1-0 lead thanks to a quick 8-2 victory by Tess Trinka and Tasha Christ at #2 doubles against Helen Klass-Warch / Nicole McCann.
  • The Cardinals knotted the match at #1 doubles as Eudice Chong and Victoria Yu pulled away late for a 8-5 win over Joulia Likhanskaia and Sam Stalder.
  • Bowdoin claimed the final doubles match at #3 as Pilar Giffenig and Sasa Jovanovic rallied from a 5-4 deficit to take a 8-5 win against Aashli Budhiraja / Dasha Dubinsky, giving the Polar Bears a key 2-1 edge heading to singles.
  • In singles play, the teams traded wins as Eudice Chong (6-3, 6-0), Victoria Yu (6-4, 6-4) and  Aashli Budhiraja (6-4, 6-4) won at the top three positions for the Cardinals.
  • Bowdoin got wins from Tasha Christ (7-5, 6-1) at #4 and Sasa Jovanovic (6-4, 6-2) at #6, leaving #5 singles as the deciding match on the court.
  • In the lone three setter of the day, Pilar Giffenig claimed the first set against Nicole McCann 6-3, only to have McCann come back to claim the second set 6-3. In the deciding set, Giffenig went up 2-1 in the third set and controlled the match from there, finishing off the final game that featured four deuces, to win 6-2.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will face Emory in the national quarterfinals on Monday, May 22 at the Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.
  • Complete championship information will be available on Tuesday.