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(Courtesy of Kalamazoo College)
KALAMAZOO, Mich. - For the second time in three years, Jordan Brewer '14 and Gabby Devlin '14 stood atop the podium on the final day of the NCAA women's tennis individual championships after capturing the Division III doubles title.
Winning together as first-years, the duo repeated the feat with a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6) comeback triumph over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Kristin Lim and Caroline Ward. It marks the third consecutive season in which an Amherst tandem captured the title with Devlin also taking last year's crown alongside former Jeff Laura Danzig '12. On the men's side, Mark Kahan '13 saw his run in the individual singles bracket come to an end with a 6-3, 6-1 finals loss to Washington-St. Louis' Adam Putterman.
Opening the doubles tournament against Alexandra Scotten and Laura Wade of UC-Santa Cruz, Brewer and Devlin edged out a hard-fought, 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 win. Meeting Sewanee's Jenny and Lindsey Liles in the quarterfinals, the Jeff duo cruised to a 6-1, 6-0 victory, setting up a rematch with Emory's Gabrielle Clark and Annette Sullivan, who defeated the tandem during the teams' semifinal match on Tuesday.
Grinding out a 7-6 win in the first set, Brewer and Devlin cruised to a 6-1 decision in the second to advance to the finals against Lim and Ward. Upending the CMS pairing in the teams' NCAA consolation match on Wednesday, Brewer and Devlin once again proved victorious despite a slow start. Dropping the first frame 6-4, Brewer and Devlin regained their form in the middle set, notching a 6-3 win.
Trailing 3-2 in the third, they once again rallied, winning three of the next four games en route to a 5-4 lead. Lim and Ward battled back, evening the match at 5-5. Despite almost squandering a 40-15 lead in the 11th game, CMS' tandem retook a 6-5 edge with an overhand volley. Coming right back, Amherst tied it at 6-6 to force a tiebreak.
Behind 1-0, Lim and Ward reeled of three straight points, going up 3-1 on a Brewer return that veered wide. Tied at 3-3, Ward put CMS back in front with a pair of cross court overhand smashes. Staving off a couple of match points, Devlin knotted it at 6-6 with a backhand winner down the left baseline. Devlin inched Amherst closer with another point before a Brewer drop shot clinched the Jeff win. Posting a 22-4 record in 2012-13, only two of the duo's losses came against Division III competition, with Amherst avenging one of those setbacks on Sunday.
Beginning his NCAA singles run with a 6-4, 6-1, victory over Johns Hopkins' Tanner Brown, Kahan punched his ticket to the quarterfinals with a 6-4, 6-0, triumph over Cal Lutheran's Nicholas Ballou. Dropping the first set of his quarters match against Kenyon's Paul Burgin (6-1), the senior captain posted identical 6-4 wins the following two frames to advance to the semifinals.
Squaring off against Aaron Skinner of Trinity (TX), Kahan continued to roll, recording a 6-4, 6-4, victory to move on to the championship match. Dropping the first frame against Putterman, 6-3, he closed out his season with a 6-1 loss in the second, finishing as the national runner-up. Putting the wraps on a tremendous career and a stellar senior season, Kahan posted a 19-7 overall mark in 2012-13.
NCAA Men's Singles Championship
Adam Putterman (W) def. Mark Kahan (A), 6-3, 6-1
NCAA Women's Doubles Semifinals
Brewer/Devlin (A) def. Clark/Sullivan (E), 7-6, 6-1
NCAA Women's Doubles Championship
Brewer/Devlin (A) def. Lim/Ward (C), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)