Thursday, April 24, 2008

Good news on a rainy day:
Dartmouth 4 Harvard 3

Nice job, ladies.
In my senior year we lost 3-4 to Harvard and tied for the Ivy title. With it went my hopes of having an Ivy ring and and an Ivy title. I remember that day, we were in Cambridge and it was a disappointing day. I think i was so nervous and so concerned with the outcome that i forgot to actually play tennis. It wasone of those days that you wish you could go back and "do-over." I think we all have days like that in all sports or even work, where we lose sight of the joy of what we are doing or why we are there bc we are more worried about the outcome or the pressures that are put on us either by a coach or in may cases, by ourselves.

I also think that as i have gotten older I dont wish i could "go back," but i try to use these experiences to be stronger in situations I face now. And to keep track of what matters most, and that is my joy of the sport ( whatever it may be), teamwork, self discovery and! Most often if i have done my "homework," the actual race, event, match is the easy part. You just have to let it happen and not try too hard. In tennis, I know that the biggest mistake you can make is to play " to not lose." In cycling, it is a bit different, but you also have to be smart and not panic. Play/Ride to your strengths, bc like a wise coach once told me " it isnt always the strongest rider/player that wins, it is the smartest." So do you think that was a tennis coach or a cycling coach?? How about one of each:)

The Dartmouth women's tennis team downed Harvard 4-3 today at the Topliff Courts
to earn its third win in program history over the Crimson. With the victory the
Big Green ends its season at 16-4, setting a record for victories in a single
season, and finishes with an Ivy League record of 4-3, Dartmouth's first winning
season in the Ivies since the 1999-2000 season. Dartmouth finishes fourth in the
Ancient Eight standings, behind Yale, Penn, and Princeton. With the loss,
Harvard falls to 2-17, 2-5 in the Ivy League.
Dartmouth set the tone early by sweeping the doubles point. Senior tri-captain
Maggie Suydam and freshman Georgiana Smyser were first off the court after
winning 8-3 at No. 3, and senior tri-captain Megan Zebroski and freshman Molly
Scott secured the point by beating Beier Ko and Samantha Rosekrans 8-6 at No. 1.
Sophomores Mary Beth Winingham and Jesse Adler completed the sweep by winning a
tiebreaker at No. 2 doubles over Stephanie Schnitter and Laura Peterzan.
In singles, Dartmouth got straight-set victories from Zebroski at No. 2, Smyser
at No. 5, and sophomore Carley Markovitz at No. 6. Zebroski had a big win over
Laura Peterzan to finish with a 4-3 Ivy record at No. 2 singles. Smyser, who was
undefeated in Ivy League play, put another point on the board for the Big Green
with a 6-4, 6-0 victory over senior Vilsa Curto. Markovitz secured the victory
for Dartmouth with a 6-1, 6-2 win over freshman Margarita Krivitski.
At No. 1 singles, Scott fell 6-2, 7-5 to No. 102 Beier Ko, a former top 300
WTA-ranked player, and Mary Beth Winingham lost at No. 3 to Samantha Rosekrans,
whose only Ivy loss came against Yale. Adler lost at No. 4 to senior captain
Stephanie Schnitter, who was coming off a big win at No. 3 against Brown on
A special thanks to the parents who came out to cheer on the team today,
including Roger Junge, Ellen and Alex Zebroski, Lisa Suydam, and Nardi Suydam.
And an extra special thanks to all our fans for your incredible support this
year. Go Big Green!
Dartmouth 4, Harvard 3
No. 1 - Megan Zebroski/Molly Scott (DART) def. Beier Ko/Samantha Rosekrans (H)
No. 2 - Mary Beth Winingham/Jesse Adler (DART) def. Laura Peterzan/Stephanie
Schnitter (H) 8-7 (3)
No. 3 - Maggie Suydam/Georgiana Smyser (DART) def. Vilsa Curto/Margarita (H) 8-3

No. 1 - Molly Scott (DART) lost to Beier Ko (H) 6-2, 7-5
No. 2 - Megan Zebroski (DART) def. Laura Peterzan (H) 6-4, 6-1
No. 3 - Mary Beth Winingham (DART) lost to Samantha Rosekrans (H) 7-6 (5), 6-2
No. 4 - Jesse Adler (DART) lost to Stephanie Schnitter (H) 6-2, 6-3
No. 5 - Georgiana Smyser (DART) def. Vilsa Curto (H) 6-4, 6-0
No. 6 - Carley Markovitz (DART) def. Margarita Krivitski (H) 6-1, 6-2

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