Women's Tennis NCAA Quarterfinal Preview (VIDEO)

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BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College women's tennis team will face Emory in the Quarterfinals of the NCAA Division III Championship on Monday, May 22, at The Champions Club in Chattanooga, Tenn.

The Polar Bears (16-5) will play the Eagles (15-5) at 11:30 a.m. on Monday morning. The NCAA will be providing a live webcast of selected courts and live stats from the tournament. Links are available above as well as at the championship home page below. Complete tournament information is available below.


Watch an interview with senior Pilar Giffenig. Bowdoin championship round notes are available below.


  • Bowdoin is making its fifth appearance in the NCAA Quarterfinals, all under current head coach Hobie Holbach. The Polar Bears made their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Semifinals a year ago, defeating Claremont Mudd Scripps in the quarterfinals before falling to Williams in the semifinals.
  • The Polar Bears have qualified for the quarterfinals on four previous occasions (2008, 2012, 2014, 2016). This senior class (Joulia Likhanskaia, Pilar Giffenig, Samantha Stalder) are the first class in Bowdoin women's tennis history to qualify for three national quarterfinals.
  • Bowdoin opened their season with a 9-1 record in their first ten matches, reaching as high as number three in the ITA Division III rankings. The Polar Bears scuffled a bit in April, going through a 2-3 stretch before bouncing back to win five of their last six matches, including two wins over seventh-ranked Wesleyan in the last two weeks.
  • The Polar Bears' five losses this season have come to the current No. 12 (Amherst), No. 4 (Williams), No. 2 (Middlebury, twice) and No. 1 (Claremont Mudd Scripps) teams in the nation. Bowdoin has defeated the No. 5 (Pomona), No. 6 (Tufts) and No. 7 (Wesleyan, twice).
  • The only team in the top-eight that Bowdoin has not faced this season is Emory. The last meeting between the teams came last spring (2016) when the Eagles took an 8-1 regular season victory in a match played at Middlebury. The only previous meeting in NCAA play between the two schools came in 2012 when Emory edged Bowdoin 5-2 in the national quarterfinals.
  • Joulia Likhanskaia was named First Team All-NESCAC in singles and doubles (with partner Samantha Stalder) this season. The ITA Northeast Senior Player of the Year is 16-6 at the number one spot for Bowdoin this spring and owns 74 career wins, the second-most ever by a Bowdoin player (76 by Kristen Raymond, 2005-08).
  • Likhanskaia and Stalder (17-8 in doubles play) qualified for individual nationals for the Polar Bears, as did Tess Trinka, who owns an 20-6 overall record in singles this year.
  • In his tenth season, head coach Hobie Holbach is already the winningest coach in program history, leading the Polar Bears to a 135-71 (.655 winning percentage) over his decade at the helm.