Mammoths Wrap up Action at Season Opening MIT Invitational

Mammoths Wrap up Action at Season Opening MIT Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Taking to the courts for the first time in 2017-18, the Amherst College women's tennis team sent four doubles pairs and eight individuals to compete at the MIT Invitational hosted by MIT at the duPont Tennis Courts and J.B. Carr Tennis Bubble.

Amherst returns to action on Saturday, Sept. 23 when they travel to Williams for a 1 p.m. non-conference match.

Maddie Dewire '20

  • Paired against Margot Shea of Tufts in first round action, Dewire posted back-to-back 6-1 wins to advance to the round of 16.
  • Dewire fell to No. 1 seed Victoria Yu of Wesleyan in a hard fought, three-set battle in the second round, 2-6, 6-4, 8-10.

Vickie Ip '18

  • No. 5 seed Ip downed Wesleyan's Chisato Hayakawa, 6-1, 6-1 to advance past the first round.
  • Taking to the courts against eventual tournament individual champion Libby Rickeman of MIT, Ip suffered a 6-3, 6-2 setback.

Anya Ivenitsky '20

  • Ivenitsky was edged in round of 32 play by No. 6 seed Elysa Kohrs (MIT) in three sets, 3-6, 6-4, 9-11.
  • Seeing success in the consolation draw, Ivenitsky outlasted the competition to earn three victories, defeating Keller of Tufts, 6-1, 6-3, McCann of Wesleyan, 6-2, 6-2, Miller of Tufts, 6-3, 3-6, 10-7 and Louks, 6-0, 6-2.  

Avery Wagman '18

  • Advancing to the second round, Wagman defeated Serena Le of MIT in consecutive sets, 6-0, 6-1 before being edged by No. 4 seed Mina Karamercian, 3-6, 6-4, 7-10.

Jen Chen '20

  • Chen fell in in three-sets in first round play against Alissa Nakamoto (Wesleyan), 2-6, 7-5, 6-10.
  • In the consolation bracket, Chen suffered a second close loss in three sets against Louks, 5-7, 6-2, 7-10.

Camilla Trapness '19

  • Reaching the round of eight, Trapness first downed Kiara Rose of Tufts, 1-6, 6-2, 10-6 before powering past Marina Zhang of MIT in second round play, 7-6(5), 6-4.
  • Suffering a setback in the third round, Trapness was edged by Wesleyan's Alisa Nakamoto in three-sets, 6-3, 2-6, 0-6.

Kelsey Chen '19

  • Chen opened tournament play with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Afua Ofori-Darko (Tufts), before falling to Helen Klass-Warch of Wesleyan in a nail biter, 7-6 (5), 6-7 (4), 5-10.

Camille Smukler '20

  • Selected as the invitational' s the No. 2 seed, Smuckler powered past her first two opponents, downing Kat Wiley (Tufts), 6-1, 6-0 and Zoe Klass-Warch (Wesleyan), 6-1, 6-2.
  • In the round of eight, Smukler logged a 6-2, 6-1 win against Helen Klass-Warch, before defeating Nakamoto, 6-2, 6-4 to earn a spot in the tournament finals.
  • Matched up against Rickeman, Smuckler suffered her first loss of the season, 6-3, 6-1 to finish as the MIT Invitational' s runner-up.  


  • Doubles pair Chen and Trapness were edged in opening round action by eventual champions and No. seed Chong/ Yu of Wesleyan, 8-2.
  • Chen and Trapness excelled in the consolation bracket, earning wins against Wiley and Obedi, 9-8 (4) and Rose/Karamercan, 8-4.


  • Battling Klass-Warch and Kiseleva (Wesleyan) in the first round, Wagman and Ivenistky logged an 8-6 win.
  • The duo powered past Kohrs and Zhang of MIT to advance to the final four, but were edged by Chong and Yu, 8-0.


  • Owning the No. 3 seed, Ip and Chen began their push to the finals with a win over Alvarez and Kim (Wesleyan), 8-4 and Tzeng/Guenther (MIT), 9-7.
  • Paired against Louks and Popa of Tufts in the semifinals, Ip and Chen recorded an 8-4 victory, however the duo were edged by No. 1 seed Chong and Yu, 8-1 in the final match.


  • Dewire and Smukler would earn a win in the first round, defeating McCann and Nakamoto of Wesleyan, 8-5 before falling to Louks and Popa, 8-4.
  • Dewire and Smukler went on to claim two wins in the consolation draw, battling past Reinhart and Le, 8-4 and Alvarez and Kim, 8-3.