MASON, Ohio – The seventh-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team returns to the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinals for the seventh consecutive season, following a first round bye, a 5-0 sweep of SUNY Geneseo, and a 5-4 win over No. 9 Johns Hopkins.
The three-day team championship will take place May 18-20, with the individual championships to follow May 21-23. Both the team and individual championships will take place at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason, Ohio and are hosted by Ohio Northern University and Warren County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Amherst begins its run back to the championship at 8 a.m. Monday with a quarterfinal tilt against No. 13 MIT. The winner advances to the semifinals on Tuesday at 11 a.m. and will meet either No. 1 Williams or No. 14 DePauw. Wednesday will see the third place match take place at 10 a.m. with the championship set to begin at 11 a.m. The other four teams in the "Elite Eight" include No. 2 Emory, No. 3 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 5 Carnegie Mellon, and No. 6 Middlebury.
The Jeffs (15-4) are competing in their 21st consecutive NCAA postseason tournament and have amassed a tournament record of 55-24 with the program's lone national championship occurring in 1999. Amherst is also a five-time national runner-up (2004, '07, '09, '11, '14).
(15-4, 5-2 NESCAC) – Schedule * Roster
Amherst began the 2014-15 season with an early setback to Williams on Oct. 11 in its first dual-match of the season. Following the narrow, 5-4 loss to the Ephs, the Jeffs exploded for a run of 10 straight wins between March 16 and April 13 before suffering another defeat to their NESCAC archrival. The Purple & White won three of its next four to advance to the NESCAC tournament title match before falling to the Ephs for a third time this season.
With a 13-4 overall record, Amherst earned an at-large bid to the NCAA playoffs, a first round bye, and posted wins over SUNY Geneseo (5-0) and Johns Hopkins (5-4) in the second and third rounds respectively.
Amherst is led by the doubles duo of first-year Vickie Ip and Sue Ghosh '16. The pair, ranked third in the ITA Northeast region, received First Team All-NESCAC honors following the 2014-15 season, and has established a 20-7 overall mark in No. 1 doubles. Ip was also named to the first team in singles action, while Ghosh earned her second straight second team all-conference selection. Ip currently stands at 17-9 overall from the No. 1 spot and is ranked fifth in the region, while Ghosh is 17-7 in No. 2 singles, and is ranked seventh in the region.
The combination of Jacqueline Calla '17 and Maddy Sung '16 in No. 2 doubles has also been stellar throughout the season, posting a dual-match record of 8-5. Calla has seen most of her singles action from the No.3 court, but has also been featured on the No. 4 and No. 6 courts, and is 7-5 overall in head-to-head competition.
In the No. 3 doubles slot, Sarah Monteagudo '16 and Safi Aly '15 have excelled all season en route to an 11-3 dual match record. Monteagudo has also been a force primarily from the fourth position in singles competition, posting a mark of 14-3.
In other singles play, sophomores Megan Adamo and Claire Carpenter look to hold down the No. 5 and No. 6 courts. Adam has logged an 8-7 head-to-head record in the fifth position, while 10 of Carpenter's 12 wins this season have come from the sixth court.
No. 1 Vickie Ip
No. 2 Sue Ghosh
No. 3 Jaqueline Calla
No. 4 Sarah Monteagudo
No. 5 Megan Adamo
No. 6 Claire Carpenter
No. 1 Vickie Ip/Sue Ghosh
No. 2 Jacqueline Calla/Maddy Sung
No. 3 Sarah Monteagudo/Safi Aly