Women's Tennis Season Preview: Mammoths Ready for Strong 2017-18

Women's Tennis Season Preview: Mammoths Ready for Strong 2017-18

Led by head coach Jackie Bagwell, who enters her 27th year at the helm of the program, and returning an experienced and capable core, the 2017-18 Amherst College women's tennis team will once again look to return to the conference and national postseason after recording a 7-10 overall ledger, and a 4-4 mark in the perennially tough NESCAC, to finish last season the No. 14 ranked team in the nation.

Avery Wagman '18, Vickie Ip '18 and Adrienne Irmer '18 represent the senior class for the Mammoths, with Wagman and Ip putting together solid junior campaigns and Irmer positioned to play an important role on the scoresheet in 2017-18.

A 2016 All-NESCAC selection, Ip returns to the courts ready to be a difference maker after recording a 5-1 overall singles mark and a 4-1 ledger in tour play last season.

A consistent contributor for Amherst over the past two seasons, Wagman is once again primed to be a leader of the Mammoth squad, with the Rye, N.Y. native posting an 8-8 singles record across the middle of the ladder and a 13-8 doubles mark playing out of the second position.

NESCAC and ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year and ITA Singles All-American Camille Smukler '20 leads the way for Amherst's underclassmen, with the Villanova, Pa. native logging a 9-10 doubles mark and a 9-9 overall ledger playing all but one of her dual singles matches from the first court en route to closing out 2016-17 as the No. 15 singles player in the nation.

The Mammoths also welcome back, juniors Kelsey Chen and Camilla Trapness, with the duo stringing together noteworthy sophomore campaigns. Playing exclusively from the No. 2 spot in singles action, Chen notched a 6-7 record, in addition to adding an 8-8 mark from the first court in doubles play. Trapness saw time across the middle courts a year ago, finishing with a 7-11 singles record.       

Anya Ivenitsky '20 adds talent to this year's team, with the sophomore looking to improve on an impressive rookie season in which she registered a 8-7 singles mark, including a 5-3 record in conference play, and an 11-8 doubles ledger from the second court.   

Sofia Aisiks '19, Kelly Yang '19, Joanna Booth '19, Jane Fraley '19, Ashley Park '19, Maddie Dewire '20 and Jen Chen '20 round out Amherst's returners and will look to add depth and make positive contributions to the scoresheet this season.

In addition to the Amherst veterans, the Mammoths also welcome Catie Burkhart '21 to this year's squad.

The Mammoths open the 2017-18 season at the three-day MIT Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Sept. 15-17, before traveling to Williams for a non-conference dual matchup. Amherst then closes out its fall slate with tournament play, competing at the ITA Regional Championships (Sept. 29-Oct. 1) and the NEWITT Invite (Oct. 13-15).

March features a trip out west for the Mammoths, before Amherst returns home to take on Connecticut College on April 4 at 4 p.m. Amherst then has four road matches, battling Babson (April 6) and Bates, Bowdoin and Emory on April 7, before hosting Williams on Saturday, April 14. The Mammoths finish the regular season with two road and two home contests, traveling to Wesleyan (April 21) and Hamilton (April 22) and hosting MIT (April 27) and Middlebury (April 28).

Not yet a member of the Friends of Amherst Women's Tennis for the 2017-18 year? Become a first-time member of or renew your membership in the FAA and support Coach Bagwell and the women's tennis program. Make a gift ahead of the team's first tournament, the MIT Invitational, on Friday-Sunday, September 15-17 at MIT. Go Mammoths!