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AMHERST, Mass. - The Amherst women's tennis team closed out its fall season with a stellar showing at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT).
In the unique NEWITT format, three points are up for grabs in each round. After the two teams compete in a pro-set doubles match those players break up for a pair of singles matches. The tandem to earn at least two of the three points advances in the bracket.
Competing in the Gail Smith A Flight bracket, seniors Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin dispatched of Middlebury's Kaysee Orozco and Jennifer Sundstrom, 3-0. The Amherst duo then defeated Williams' Riqui McCoy and Maya Hart (3-0) before downing Trinity's Melita Ferjanic and Morgan Feldman (3-0) in the quarterfinals.
Continuing play on Sunday, Brewer and Devlin took down Williams' Kathleen Elkins and Maria Pylypiv, 3-0, before besting the Ephs' top-seeded pairing of Williams' Kara Shoemaker and Rebecca Curran (3-0) in the championship to finish the tournament without dropping a point.
Fellow seniors Jennifer Newman and Zoe Pangalos opened the tournament by taking all three points in a match-up against Simmons' Margaret Teague and Meghan Cokely. The Jeffs then swept Tufts' Alexa Meltzer and Shelci Bowman before seeing their run come to an end in the quarterfinals against Williams' Linda Shin and Alex Stone (2-1).
Securing a 3-0 decision over Wesleyan's Claire Dubrin and Olivia Koh, Amherst's Sue Ghosh '16 and Safi Aly '15 upended MIT's Krystal Lai and Wendi Kong in the round of 16 (2-1). Ghosh and Aly also bowed out of the tournament against the Ephs, falling to Shoemaker and Curran (3-0).
The Jeffs' final draw in the A Flight Sarah Monteagudo '16 and Isabel Camacho '14 defeated Wheaton's Alex Marlowe and Lyndsay Cooke in the first round (2-1) before dropping all three points Elkin and Pylypiv.
Playing in the Chris Davis B Flight Amanda Zalameda '17 and Maddy Sung '16 turned away Salve Regina's Elizabeth Ligouri and Elizabeth DiFilippo, 3-0. The duo later upended Trinity's Caroline Gagne and Taylor Wilkins (3-0) before earning a berth into the semifinals with a shutout of Wesleyan's Grace Smith and Kiley Robbins.
Carrying their momentum into Sunday, the Amherst pairing made quick work of MIT's Alana Peters and Ava Soleimany, before finishing the weekend undefeated with another 3-0 shutout, this time over Wesleyan's Nicki Softness and Maddie James in the finals.