WELLESLEY, MA – The third-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team earned an 8-1 victory at eighth-ranked Wellesley College to improve to 12-1 overall. The Lord Jeffs will wrap up their season Sunday when they host 11th-ranked Middlebury College in a NESCAC match at 2 p.m.
Amherst got off to a strong start by sweeping doubles play, with seniors Laura Stein (Rockport, ME) and Jennifer Murphy (Simsbury, CT) edging out a 9-8 victory in the No. 3 match. First-years Laken King (Laurelton, NY) and Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA) each needed three games to take care of their opponents in the No. 4 and No. 5 singles matches, respectively, with King overcoming a 6-1 first-game loss to earn the comeback victory.
Sunday's match with Middlebury will feature two of the NESCAC's top teams, as the Panthers will bring a 4-1 conference record to Amherst to take on the 5-1 Jeffs. Middlebury earned a 5-4 win over Amherst last year at Mount Holyoke College.
#3 Amherst College defeats #8 Wellesley College, 8-1 – April 19, 2008
1. Brittany Berckes/Alicia Menezes (A) def. Jenna Mezin/Hali Walther (W), 8-4
2. Jill Wexler/Natasha Brown (A) def. Trish Devine/Jen Schwarzkopf (W), 8-2
3. Laura Stein/Jennifer Murphy (A) def. Shivani Saxena/Jacqueline Shen (W), 9-8 (3)
1. Brittany Berckes (A) def. Jenna Mezin (W), 7-5, 6-3
2. Jill Wexler (A) def. Jen Schwarzkopf (W), 6-1, 6-1
3. Meghan Stubblebine (W) def. Monica Snyder (A), 6-3, 6-3
4. Laken King (A) def. Trish Devine (W), 1-6, 6-4, 10-7
5. Natasha Brown (A) def. Shivani Saxena (W), 6-1, 5-7, 10-4
6. Carlissa King (A) def. Jacqueline Shen (W), 6-1, 6-3
4. Anuja Ankola/Jennifer Ouyang (A) def. Mohona Siddique/Meghan Stubblebine (W), 8-3
5. Carlissa King/Amelia Bell (A) def. Alex Lucas/Jane Booth-Tobin (W), 8-3
6. Jennifer Kim/Charlotte Wilinsky (A) def. Jenny Kendall/Nathalie Herman (W), 8-2
7. Jennifer Murphy (A) def. Hali Walther (W), 6-3, 6-0
8. Anuja Ankola (A) def. Mohona Siddique (W), 6-1, 6-4
9. Jennifer Ouyang (A) def. Jenny Kendall (W), 6-3, 5-7, 10-5
10. Alex Lucas (W) def. Amelia Bell (A), 6-2, 6-4
11. Charlotte Wilinsky (A) def. Jane Booth-Tobin (W), 6-0, 6-0
12. Laura Stein (A) def. Nathalie Herman (W), 8-0