CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Lewis & Clark senior Wiktoria Plawska fell to nationally-ranked and No. 6 overall seed Juli Raventos of Williams, 6-0, 6-2, in the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Singles Championships on Thursday morning at the Champions Club.
Plawska ends her season with the loss, while Raventos advanced to the round of 16 later in the day. Raventos entered the tournament ranked as the No. 2 singles player in the country. On Wednesday, she clinched the team national championship for Williams with a win at No. 1 singles against Emory.
"Juli (Raventos) was really good and played really well," Plawska said about her opponent. "I tried different strategies and tactics throughout the match, but just couldn't pull it through."
Playing her first competitive match in over a month, Plawska struggled early in the first set as Raventos quickly took the first two games. Plawska went ahead in the third, but Raventos answered and rallied for a 3-0 lead and finished the first set off from there.
Plawska picked up her first point of the match early in the second set after starting out in a 2-0 hole. After Raventos notched the next point for a 3-1 lead, Plawska responded by earning the next point to make it 3-2.
Raventos took the next two points and had serve for the match victory. Plawska fought off three match points, but Raventos was able to outlast the senior to take the 6-2 second set victory and the match.
For Plawska, ranked 13th nationally and an Intercollegiate Tennis Association All-American this year, it was her first appearance in the NCAA Championships as an individual, but her second overall after Lewis & Clark qualified as a team in last year's event.
"The tournament has been an awesome experience," Plawska said of the event. "Patrick (head coach Patrick Dreves) and I got here a couple days ago and got to explore Chattanooga. There are 32 of the best players in the country here, so it's nice to see everyone competing at a high level."
Even with the loss on Thursday, Plawska was pleased with the season as a whole.
"This last year was awesome. I started off with winning ITAs, which was one of the best feelings of my life," Plawska said. "I got into a groove later in the spring and started to play phenomenally, winning a lot of matches and the team was doing well. We grew really close as a team, had good team spirit and camaraderie, and had a great season."
Plawska ends her year with a 15-6 overall singles record. She was the 2016 ITA Northwest Regional Championships singles champion.