Women's Tennis Ready for NCAA Championship Play

Women's Tennis Ready for NCAA Championship Play

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AMHERST, Mass. – One of eight teams to earn an at-large bid to the 2016 NCAA Division III Championship, the seventh-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team has been selected as a regional host an will welcome five squads to the Amherst Tennis Courts this weekend for first, second and third round action.

The Purple & White (12-7) earned a first round bye and will face the winner of the SUNY Geneseo (14-3) and Ithaca (14-7) match on either May 14. Fellow NESCAC institution Wesleyan (11-5) also received a first round bye and is set to play the winner of Mary Washington (19-4) and Simmons (10-8).

LIVE COVERAGE: All matches will feature live stats, recaps, and box scores with links found on the Tournament Central page

SCOUTING AMHERST
(12-7 Overall, NR: 7th) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Amherst returns to the national postseason tournament for the 22nd consecutive season, and has received a first round bye for the 13th year in a row. Appearing in 21 NCAA Championships, the Purple & White are 57-25 all-time, including a national championship in 1991 and five national runner-up finishes (2004, '07, '09, '11, '14).
  • Entering NCAA competition with a 96-64 overall mark in singles action, Amherst is led by first-year Kelsey Chen who has posted a 18-6 mark playing primarily from the No. 5 spot. In the fourth position, Sarah Monteagudo '16 has gone 16-8, while Jackie Calla enters the national postseason with a 13-6 record from the third court. Sophomores Vickie Ip and Avery Wagman own 13-10 and 9-4 marks from the second and sixth positions, respectively, while senior Sue Ghosh has contributed a 9-13 record in the No. 1 slot. Camilla Trapness '19 holds a 3-0 record, while Claire Carpenter '17 owns a 4-3 mark. Megan Adamo '17, Joanna Booth '19, and Jane Fraley '19 have all also seen time on the court in singles play.
  • The Purple & White have posted a 64% (79-45) winning percentage in doubles play, with Chen and Ip registering a nearly perfect 21-2 record from the second position. Rebecca L. Pol '16 and Wagman went 15-4 from the number three slot, while Ghosh and Monteagudo have posted a 14-10 record from the first court.

SCOUTING SUNY GENESEO
(14-3 Overall) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • SUNY Geneseo earned an automatic bid to NCAA tournament play by downing New Paltz, 5-0 to win the SUNYAC Championship and cap off an undefeated fall schedule that saw the Knights go 11-0. Holding a 4-6 record in NCAA action, this weekend will mark the fifth-consecutive and seventh overall trip to the national postseason for the Knights.
  • A consistent force for SUNY Geneseo in singles play, Cat Crummey has posted an 18-4 mark from the first court, while Marylen Santos has tallied a 20-5 record in the second position. Playing out of the third and fourth court, Lauren Salzano has gone 15-4, while Maggie Hale and Sabrina Ferretti have logged marks of 12-7 and 6-2, respectively. Anika Pornpitaksuk has also seen time in singles competition, claiming a 2-4 mark from the third and fourth court.
  • Owning a 21-6 record from the first position Crummey and Santos lead the Knights in doubles action. On the second court the duo of Salzano and Hale have notched a 12-7 mark, while Rachel Ollis and Corinne Heitmann have recorded a 5-2 mark in the third position.

SCOUTING ITHACA
(14-7 Overall) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • Holding a 6-9 record in NCAA tournament competition, Ithaca is set to make their 10th-consecutive appearance in the national postseason after defeating Stevens Institute of Technology, 5-1 to claim their 11th Empire 8 crown and earn an automatic qualifying bid.
  • Taking 85 of 123 matches, the Bombers have registered a 69.1 winning percentage in singles competition. Empire 8 Player of the Year Haley Kusak leads the way for Ithaca posting a 16-4 record while playing primarily from the first court. Shayna Ginster has logged an 11-4 mark in singles action, while Marni Blumenthal has posted an 11-4 mark and Caroline Dunn stands at 12-7. Jodi Grosberg rounds out a strong singles score, finishing the regular season 11-5.
  • In doubles play, Blumenthal and Kusak went 4-1 from the first court, while Dunn and Ginister registered an 8-0 record to lift Ithaca to a 41-22 record in doubles on the year.
  • The Bombers and SUNY Geneseo have only met on the courts twice in program history, with Ithaca winning both matches, however they two sides have not met since 1998.

SCOUTING MARY WASHINGTON
(19-4 Overall, NR: 14th) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • The 14th-ranked Eagles punched their automatic qualifying ticket to the NCAA DIII Championship by defeating CNU, 7-1 on April 23 to win their 13th-straight Capital Athletic Conference Championship, and 24th overall in the 26-year history of the conference. 
  • Kait Brogan finds herself atop the ladder in singles action, standing at 18-7 from the first position. Playing primarily on the second court, Caroline Mosberg has gone 11-12, while Shelby Harris has registered a 9-9 mark from the first three courts. In the third position, Taylor Diffley has gone 19-4, while Chrissy Gaul and Mackenzie Smith have tallied 13-8 and 16-8 records from the fourth and fifth court, respectively.
  • The Eagles have seen impressive success in doubles competition, with the duo of Brogan and Harris notching a 22-2 record from the first court. Diffley and Smith own a 15-4 mark from the second position, while Sarah Fiorettti and Mosberg have gone 22-5 in number three doubles to help Mary Washington own a 82-26 overall mark in doubles play. 

SCOUTING SIMMONS
(10-8 Overall) - Schedule/Roster/Stats

  • The Sharks gear up to take on Mary Washington in NCAA First Round play after posting a 8-1 win over Johnson & Wales to capture the GNAC Conference crown for the eighth straight season and for the 11th time in the las 12 years.
  • A 30-match winner this season for Simmons, Meg Cokley has been stellar from the number two spot in singles play, registering a 13-3 record, while Theresa Reinhard has played primarily on court one, posting a 10-5 mark. On court four, Katie Crowley has gone 8-7, while Rachael Downey and Ashley Chen have both gone 8-8 from the fourth and fifth court, respectively. 
  • Claiming a 17-5 record from the first position Cokely and Reinhard lead the Sharks in doubles action. The pairs of Crowley and Downey and Chen and Mary Matthews have also fared well for Simmons, with Crowley/Downey going 7-4 from court two and Chen/Matthews logging a 7-7 mark.
SCOUTING WESLEYAN
(11-5 Overall, NR: 8th) - Schedule/Roster/Stats
  • Posting their first win in program history in the NESCAC Championship after defeating No. 6 Bowdoin, 5-1 in a quarterfinal match on May 6, the eighth-ranked Cardinals earned an at-large bid and first round bye and are set to appear in the NCAA Championship for the second-time, and first since the 2000-01 season.
  • Wesleyan is led by 2015 Individual Singles National Champion Eudice Chong who touts a 25-2 record in singles play from the first court and by Victoria Yu, 2015 Individual Singles runner-up, who has notched a 17-4 record from the second position and ranks ninth nationally in singles play. Nicole McCann and Aashli Budhiraja have also been consistent point-getters for Wesleyan in singles action, with McCann owning a 12-6 record and Budhiraja recording a 10-4 mark. Dasha Dubinsky has claimed a 10-6 mark from the fifth and sixth court this season.
  • Known to mix their doubles pairings, Wesleyan has utilized tens of different duos in doubles action in their 2015-16 campaign. Down the stretch of the season, Chong and Klass-Warch have logged a 3-1 mark on the first court, while Yu and Budhiraja have gone 2-2 from the third position.

2016 NCAA Women's Tennis Regional - Amherst College
First Round - Friday, May 13

Match 1 - SUNY Geneseo (11-0) vs. Ithaca (14-7) - 9 a.m.
Match 2 - Mary Washington (19-4) vs. Simmons (10-8) - 9 a.m.

Second Round - Saturday, May 14
Match 3 - Amherst (12-7) vs. Match 1 Winner - 11 a.m.
Match 4 - Wesleyan (9-4) vs. Match 2 Winner - 11 a.m.

Regional Final - Sunday, May 15
Match 5 - Match 3 Winner vs. Match 4 Winner - 12 p.m.