The women's tennis team handily defeated two NESCAC rivals this week in conference play, beating Connecticut College 9-0 last Saturday on the road and repeating the shutout in a 9-0 victory over Bates at home on Wednesday. This pair of victories brings the No. 11 ranked Polar Bears to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in NESCAC standings. The Camel's slip to 0-2 in NESCAC play and the Bobcats fell to 1-2.

During the Saturday match Kellen Alberstone '13 set the pace, winning a 6-3, 6-3 victory in the No. 1 singles spot, while senior Brett Davis dominated in the No. 2 singles spot winning 6-0, 6-0. The pair teamed up to triumph 8-1 at No. 2 doubles.

First years Chantalle Lavertu and Nikki Kuna went 6-3, 6-2 and 6-3, 6-1, respectively, while Hannah Hoerner '12 and Liz Pedowitz '10 went 6-4, 7-5 and 7-5, 6-2 respectively. In the No. 1 doubles spot, the combined team of Lavertu and Hoerner defeated their opponent 8-2 while Emily Lombardi '12 and Kuna rounded out the shutout at No. 3 doubles spot with an 8-2 win.

The team was thrilled about its victory against Bates.

"Bates was a great NESCAC win for us and I feel like our team is really competing well," Lavertu said. "We are all really pumped up for the matches this weekend."

Pedowitz shared her views about the importance of getting ahead early to ensure victory

"This year we are really focused on winning two out of the three doubles to start out with," she said, "so it was really great to win all three doubles to start out the match against Conn. It really gives you such an advantage as you go into singles."

She also expressed the team's excitement about the victory over the Bobcats, hoping that it would lead to the "continuing of our tradition as BBC [Bowdoin, Bates, Colby] champions!"

The Lady Polar Bears look forward to hosting the Wellesley College Blues at home on the Pickard Tennis Courts this Saturday, April 10, at 2 p.m.