Saturday, October 25, 2014

Smith Tennis Invites You To Continue To Follow Us

The Smith Tennis Team will stay active with off-court activities throughout the winter.  Fundraising, community service and some fun bonding activities will be a few of the themes during the off season.  Check in every so often to see what we are up to.  Thanks for following us this fall.
Smith College Tennis Team, Fall 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Smith Tennis Ends Fall Season On A Winning Note

Co-Captain,  Jordan Dubin

Smith Tennis culminated their fall season with a series of wins in NEWITT . Smith had a slow start on day 1 of the event with all four doubles teams entered for the Pioneers moving into consolation draws. On day 2 , all turned around and Smith posted 8 individual wins for the Pioneers. Kelli Cheung and Jordan Dubin defeated a Trinity team before having to call their match against Brandeis due to rain. Senior Seema Samawi had a three set "cliff hanger" win over a Trinity player. The team of Margaret Anne Smith and Samantha Peikes were undefeated for Saturday in team play defeating a team from MHC followed by a win over a Trinity team. 

Smith Tennis!  Finish Strong, Finish Together, Encourage One Another, All with Grace!
This year's event was a testimony to Smith's late season commitment to teamwork as all members of the available team were pulled into action. Special acknowledgement goes to Jimin Lee for stepping into doubles last minute with Katie Hazen. Praise and acknowledgement to Poorni Arunachalam for coming at the last hour to pair up with Seema Samawi in Christine Yee's place on day 2 as Christine was rushed to emergency. All
Kelli Cheung
survived. Christine has recovered and Smith defined the word "teamwork" by showing what it means to be there for each other. That support was key to their Saturday successes.

The historic NEWITT has taken on many forms over the years but the value of the event and dedication of the coaches who serve as tournament directors has remained strong. The Williams College coach, Alison Swain, and the MIT coach, Carol Matsuzaki, were the co-directors this year as Smith, Mount Holyoke and Amherst were the tournament sites.   64 doubles teams representing 17 schools made up the draws. Each doubles team competed against their opponents in both singles and doubles. The intricate yet efficient format provided ultimate play for all schools . 

The winners of the event were:
Williams:  A flight 
Williams:  B flight 
Babson:   C flight 
Simmons: D flight

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Final Dual Match of Fall for Smith

Smith Tennis hosted the MIT Beavers in a match dedicated to Rally For The Cure on Saturday, October 11.  The cold rainy day turned sunny but not before Smith was down 3-0 in doubles. The singles was played in two venues with exhibition matches of Christine Yee, Katie Hazen, Poorni Arunachalam and Jimin Lee continuing indoors while Kelli Cheung, Ruth Yi and Samantha Peikes started on the dry outdoor courts. Seema Samawi, Margaret Anne Smith and Alexandra Steck rounded out the singles play. Experience was gained but few games scored for the Pioneers as they faced the formidable yet gracious MIT team now ranked 1 in the conference. The final match score was 9-0 for the Engineers. This rounds out dual match play for Smith Tennis. Smith will take the next two days off and be back in action getting ready for the historic NEWITT event hosted by Smith, Mount Holyoke and Amherst on October 17-19.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Smith Victorious Over Clark

Samantha Peikes
Afternoon turned to evening as the Smith College Pioneers battled for the win against the Clark Cougars on the outdoor tennis courts at Smith.  Early day rain almost forced the match indoors but nature cooperated in the afternoon and the two teams went toe to toe for four hours.  Smith took an early 2-1 lead after doubles earning the number 1 and 3 doubles points.  In singles, Kelli Cheung was the first to add to the winning ledger for Smith followed closely by Samantha Peikes. At 4 points with one more needed to secure the win, Margaret Anne obliged by bringing in Smith's fifth and winning point.  The remain matches continued in compliance with the conference rule of playing to completion.  Seema Samawi fought tooth and nail to earn yet another point for Smith bringing the final total to 6-3 for the Pioneers.
(This match was dedicated to Sam's good friend, Dianna, who died this past week)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Pioneers Post Victory

Along with schedule changes, heavy rain, Yom Kippur and team sickness, Smith Tennis still managed to pull off an  8-1 victory over Emerson College.  "This is the toughest time of the season" commented one team member. "With only two weeks remaining in the season, it is all about time management and trying to stay healthy".  In spite of all set backs and missing four starters, Smith Tennis showed their best "team" effort by pulling together, stepping up to the challenge and securing the win. Congratulations to Katie Herzon, Poorni Arunachalam, Christine Yee, Jimin Lee as well as veteran team members Kelli Cheung, Seema Samawi, Margaret Anne Smith for a well earned victory.

This is single's win number 5 in a row for Margaret Anne Smith as she continues to notch both singles and doubles victories this season.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Guess What?

Margaret Anne Smith
You guessed it. Margaret Anne Smith wins again. This makes four in a row and today at number 5 singles. Margaret Anne had  her mental game as strong as her physical tennis game today as she took on Kelsey Whelpley from Springfield College. The match started at 5 and the two were still battling close to 8pm at the home of the Pride. The score does not tell the entire story as Margaret Anne clenched the victory in straight sets winning 6-4, 6-4 .  The rallies were long, the soccer music from the adjoining fields was loud and the cheering was often distracting but Margaret Anne was unflappable as she focused on the ball never showing the first sign of being distracted.

Other notable matches of the day included number 1 singles of Kelli Cheung and number 2 singles of Ruth Yi.   Both players played decisive offensive points taking their opponents to third set tiebreakers before succumbing.  Although Springfield won the overall match 8-1,  if you were there, you might have guessed a different outcome.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Smith Participates in the ITA regionals

Members of the Smith College tennis team resumed participation in the ITA regional tournament after a one year hiatus from the event.  The Intercollegiate Tennis Association Regional event represents the best of the best in DIII tennis both regionally and nationally.  Smith sent four members of the squad this year to compete in ITA at Williams College on Friday and Saturday afternoon, Sept 26 and 27.  The weather cooperated and all play was on the exquisite multi-court outdoor tennis complex at Williams.  Kelli Cheung and Jordan Dubin represented The Pioneers in singles and Margaret Anne Smith and Seema Samawi were the Smith doubles representatives. 

Kelli had a fun first match against a talented Babson seed and Kelli loved it.  She was able to stay in with the aggressive player toe to toe for the first few games. She hit many decisive winners but she could not  string enough together to add to the games she earned.   Kelli fell victim to  a Simmons "slicer dicer"  on day 2.   She set up her big forehand weapon time and time again but a few too many unforced errors took her down.  She will be ready for this type of player next time!

After a slow start on Friday, Jordan Dubin played very well in her second match against the number 1 from Simmons. She showed her prowess in shot making and and her competitive side as she moved from aggressive baseliner to all court player. 

Margaret Anne and Seema were able to play consolation singles as well as main draw doubles. Emmay went three sets with her Simmons opponent before succumbing. She is mastering a new strategy and she used it fearlessly in the match.

 Both Emmay and Seema played some solid points against the Brandeis team on Sat. but it was not enough to bring a victory.  Overall, even though scores were weighted to the opponents, there were many positive moments and lots of learning experiences to share with the team.  

A special thanks to Alexandra Steck for supporting the players by coming to the ITA on Saturday!

For all the details of tournament results, see the Smith College athletic page (