Monday, February 23, 2015

Smith Posts Victory In Opening Spring Match

Smith Tennis defeated Curry College 8-1 in a decisive win in their opening season match on February 22 at the Indoor Track and Tennis Facility at Smith.

The match day began with the tradition of the playing of the national anthem prior to play but there was something very special about the presentation.  An a cappella rendition of the national anthem was presented by Margaret Anne Smith, a member of the Smith Tennis Team.  Her clear  beautiful voice rang through the large indoor facility as all stood silently.  She set the tone for the day and reminded us all of the many talents possessed by Smith students.  It was a gift that all those in attendance appreciated and will never forget!

The Pioneers seemed full of positive energy and enthusiasm and you could feel the electricity in the air as "match day" began.  The third doubles team of Seema Samawi, senior from Syria paired up with Baddriyyah Alsbah, one of the newest team members of the team hailing from Kuwait, to claim the first point for Smith. The two had a clean sweep 8-0 victory finishing their match in record time.  Margaret Anne Smith, sophomore from Spring Lake NJ, and Samantha Peikes, first year from West Hartford, CT,  continued the trend with an 8-3 win at 1 doubles.  The two, playing first doubles, complimented each other as they roll angled returns, power blocked shots and dominated the net in aggressive style.  Number 2 doubles was not as fortunate as senior captain, Ruth Yi,  rolled her ankle in the ninth game giving Curry their only point and forcing Aleaxandra Steck and Ruth to retire their match.

Christine Yee, sophomore from South San Francisco, started a trend in the singles wins at number 5 with a 6-0, 6-0 victory.  Jordan Dubin, senior co-captain from Southampton NY, at 2 singles, Samantha Peikes at 3 singles, Margaret Anne at 4 singles followed suit with 6-0, 6-0 victories as well.  Kelli Cheung, sophomore from Plainfield NJ, took charge in her first set with a 6-0 win but found herself in a battle for the second set where she had to rely on patience and persistence to claim the second set victory 7-5.  Katie Hazen rounded out the varsity singles line-up with a 6-1, 6-1 win giving the Pioneers a 1-0 start to the spring season.  In exhibition play,  Breanna Parker, first year from Iowa and new to Smith Tennis, left her winning mark with a 6-0, 6-1 victory.  It was a great start to the season!

The 6am practices continue as the team will prepare for an away match against Bates this coming Saturday, February 28.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Is It Spring Yet? Smith Tennis says "Yes"!

The calendar indicates that it is time for spring tennis to begin but nothing looks like spring in New England.  With mounds of snow and ice and sub-zero temperatures, the Smith College Tennis Team is braving the elements for their traditional 6am practices.  So far they have survived, and the first match is scheduled in the ITT (indoor Track and Tennis Facility) on Sunday, Feb 22 at 1pm vs Curry College.  We would love to see our tennis fans at the match.  Please join us if you can.

February 28, Smith will be traveling to Bates.  The complete Smith Tennis schedule can be found on

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.