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LONGMEADOW, Mass. - Dropping just one game in doubles play, the top-ranked Amherst women's tennis team opened its 2013 NCAA postseason with a dominating 5-0 second round win over Wilkes University.
Improving to 18-2 on the year, the Jeffs advance to the round of 16 where they will face Skidmore, who defeated TCNJ in the day's other regional semifinal, 5-2. Suffering just their third loss of the season, the Lady Colonels wrap up the year with a 19-3 record.
Getting off to a fast start at second doubles against Ally Kristofco '14 and Ana English '15, Amherst's Jen Newman '14 and Zoe Pangalos '14 quickly built a 3-0 lead. Recording back-to-back aces, Jordan Brewer '14 and Gabby Devlin '14 also went up 3-0 in their first doubles match against Melanie Nolt '13 and Katie Lynn '13.
Notching another ace, Brewer later put the Jeffs up 7-0 in the top slot before a Nolt double fault late in the next frame sealed the Amherst shutout. Kristofco and English won the seventh game at second doubles to make it 6-1, but the Jeffs kept the pressure on. Playing the net, Pangalos eventually recorded the set winner with a nicely placed volley into the back left corner to secure an 8-1 decision. Minutes later, Caroline Richman '13 and Safi Aly '15 completed the doubles sweep after Wilkes' Olivia Hewison '16 and Amanda Holyk '13 double faulted on a serve to give the Jeff tandem an 8-0 win.
Pangalos kept Amherst rolling with a lopsided 6-0, 6-0 triumph over English at fifth singles, before Sue Ghosh '16 clinched the win with a 6-0, 6-2 third singles win over Lynn. Brewer led her first singles match-up against Nolt, 6-0, 5-1, at the time of completion, while Newman held a 6-1, 5-0 edge at No. 2. Devlin was ahead of Holyk, 6-2, 5-1 when the match was suspended, while Safi Aly '15 led Summer Lentini '16, 6-2, 4-1.