NCAA Tennis UpdateGAMBIER, Ohio (May 23, 2006) Advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III singles championship Monday morning, Kenyon junior Ashley Kriwinsky ran into DePauw University's Liz Bondi. Bondi, the No. 1 player in the nation got the better of Kriwinsky, recording a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
During the regular season, Kriwinsky and Bondi met in a dual match at DePauw with Bondi taking a 6-3, 6-4 decision. Kriwinsky ends her season with a 28-5 record, while Bondi suffered her first defeat of the season and dips to 22-1 after falling in the semifinal match to Kristen Raverta of Amherst College.
Kriwinsky, who entered competition as the No. 8 seed in the field of 32 athletes, started her tournament run Saturday with a 7-6 (2), 6-2 win over Ginny Wortham from Washington and Lee University. Later in the day she registered a 6-2, 6-3 second-round triumph over Rebecca Lange from Pomona-Pitzer College in order to advance to the round of eight players.
The last Kenyon player to make it to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA championship tournament was Caryn Cuthbert in 2000.
Kriwinsky had a very successful initial season in Gambier, being named both the North Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.