CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking to the courts for the first time in their 2016-17 campaign, the Amherst College women's tennis team sent three doubles pairs and five individuals to compete at the Intercollegiate College Association (ITA) Regional Championships hosted by MIT at the duPont Tennis Courts.
Fifth-seeded duo Vickie Ip '18 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 opened the season with an 8-1 win over Carina Chen and Justine Huang of Wellesley to advance to the second round of doubles play, however they would fall to Hannah Atkinson/Chloe Henderson of Williams, 8-3 in the round of 16.
Reporting to the tournament as the first alternate pair, first-year's Jen Chen and Camille Smukler were up to the task when called upon, earning their first collegiate victory in the round of 32 with an 8-2 win over Colby duo Lydia Venditti and Gabriela Venditti. Taking the courts once again in the round of 16, Chen and Smukler were bested by teammates Jackie Calla '17 and Avery Wagman '18, 8-5.
Calla and Wagman led the Purple & White in doubles action, posting three wins to advance to the Final Four before falling to eventual ITA doubles champions and No. 2 seed Eudice Chong and Victory Yu of Wesleyan, 8-3. Opening the first round with an 8-1 win against Ines DeBracamonte and Isabelle Garvanne of Wheaton, the pair then downed Chen/Smukler, 8-5, to move into the Round of Eight. Paired against Alex Fields and Skylar Schossberger of Middlebury, Calla and Wagman battled to a 9-8(4) victory to secure a spot in the tournament's Final Four.
All five Purple & White players advanced past the first round of singles action, however Calla, Wagman and Camilla Trapness '19 all suffered losses in the round of 32.
Defeating Aidiana Sagyndykova of Suffolk, 6-3, 6-0, in the first round, Trapness dropped her second matchup to eventual ITA singles champion and No. 2 Juli Raventos of Williams, while Wagman was edged by 12th-seeded Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio of Williams (4-6, 6-1, 10-5) after downing Endicott's Hayley Barnett, 6-2, 7-5. Cruising to an 7-5, 6-1 win against Sabrina Ross Neergaard of Brandeis in the first round, 11th-seeded Calla was eliminated in the round of 32 as well, falling to William's Leah Bush, 6-2, 6-4.
Notching her first collegiate individual victory against 16th-seeded Linda Shin of Williams, 6-4, 7-6(3), Smukler advanced to the round of 32 and posted a 6-4, 7-5 win versus Middlebury's Molly Paradies before falling to individual runner-up and No. 1 Eudice Chong, 6-4, 6-1 in the third round.
Eighth-seeded Ip advanced the furthest in individual action for Amherst, reaching the Final Four before dropping a match to No. 2 Raventos, 6-1, 6-3. Ip began tournament play with a sweep of Kristy Garcia of UMB, 6-0, 6-0 in the first round and a 6-2, 7-5 victory over Wesleyan's Nicole McCann in the second round. Ip logged two more wins over seeded opponents before being eliminated, besting No. 9 Hannah Atkinson of Middlebury 6-4, 6-2 in the third round and No. 12 Christina Puccinelli of Middlebury 7-6(5), 6-2 in the Elite Eight.
- The tournament featured 64 individual players and 32 doubles teams from squads across the Northeast.
- Second-seeded Juli Raventos of Williams College took home the individual title, defeating No. 1 seed Eudice Chong of Wesleyan in the finals, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4.
- No. 2 seed Eudice Chong and Victory Yu of Wesleyan claimed the doubles crown, defeating first-seeded Juli Raventos and Linda Shin of Williams in the finals, 8-6.