AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College women's tennis team (11-3, 5-2 NESCAC) earned the No. 3 seed in the 2015 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship and will play sixth-seeded Trinity College (6-8, 4-3 NESCAC) Friday, May 1 at 1 p.m. on the campus of Middlebury College.
The Jeffs will play in the first round of the tournament for the first time since the 2007 season, after posting a 5-2 conference record to claim the No. 3 seed. Friday's matchup marks just the second meeting between these two teams in NESCAC postseason play, in which the Jeffs claimed a 5-0 first round matchup against the Bantams in 2007. They also defeated Trinity earlier this season in a April 7 matchup at Mt. Holyoke, 8-1. The Bantams are coming off two straight losses entering Friday's match, after winning three consecutive conference games. Amherst is the all-time winningest program in the NESCAC Championship with nine titles, and has claimed nine of the last 11 tournaments.
SCOUTING AMHERST: After a 5-4 non-conference loss to Williams on October 11, the third-ranked Purple & White cruised through the spring season with 10-straight wins. However, the Jeffs have lost two of their last three entering the tournament, with losses to top-ranked Williams (8-1) and eighth-ranked Middlebury (5-4), and a 6-3 win over No. 17 Wesleyan.
During its seven-match regular season conference slate, Amherst went 27-15 in singles play and 13-8 in doubles action. Vicki Ip '18 played six of those seven matches from No. 1 singles and posted a 3-3 record, while Claire Carpenter '18 claimed the other Jeff win from the No. 1 spot. Sue Ghosh '16, Jackie Calla '18, Sarah Monteagudo '16 and Megan Adamo '17 all played the majority of the team's matches from No. 2 singles through No. 5, respectively, and all posted a 4-2 record. Carpenter also finished 3-3 in the No. 6 spot.
In doubles play, Ghosh and Ip went 3-3 from No. 1 doubles, while Calla and Maddy Sung '16 posted a similar record in the No. 2 spot. Safi Aly '15 and Monteagudo finished the regular season with a 4-2 record in No. 3 singles.