BRUNSWICK, Maine – The number eight ranked Amherst College women's tennis team travelled to Maine this weekend for three matches against nationally ranked teams, and they returned home with wins in both of their New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games, beating Bates College on Saturday and Bowdoin College on Sunday.
Amherst (6-4, 2-0 NESCAC) hosts Connecticut College on Tuesday at 4:00 pm.
No. 8 Amherst 8, Bates 1
The Mammoths swept the doubles matches to put them on the right track towards a win in their NESCAC opener.
Avery Wagman '18 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 were 8-2 winners at first doubles, Vickie Ip and Jane Fraley took second doubles by an 8-3 score-line and Camille Smuckler '20 and Maddie Dewire '20 teamed up for an 8-1 win at third doubles.
Smuckler topped Maisie Silverman by identical 6-3 scores, but Hannah Sweeney got the best of Ip at #2 singles (6-0, 4-6, 10-3).
Dewire, Ivenitsky, Wagman and Camilla Trapness '19 all won in straight sets, with Trapness and Ivenitsky earning shutout wins in their second sets.
No. 1 Emory 6, No. 8 Amherst 3
Amherst took a 2-1 lead on the top ranked team in the country by taking points at numbers two and three doubles, but were topped 5-1 in doubles play, despite a win from Smuckler at the top flight in singles.
Ip and Jane Fraley won at 2nd doubles 8-5, while Smuckler and Dewire grinded out an 8-6 win at #3 doubles.
Smuckler defeated Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico in a third set that went to a tiebreaker (6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (3)).
Emory took care of business in the singles portion of the match, claiming five of the six matches to seal the win. Freshmen Define Olay and Stephanie Taylor registered straight set wins for the Eagles with Olcay posting a 7-6 (5) win on court four and Taylor winning easily 6-2, 6-3 on court five.
Emory picked up the other three victories in tough three setters on courts two, three and six with all three coming in come-from-behind fashion.
No. 8 Amherst 6, No. 14 Bowdoin 3
The Mammoths picked up another conference win with a 6-3 victory over the Polar Bears.
Amherst took victories at the second and third doubles positions, including an 8-0 win at the third position from Smuckler and Dewire.
Smuckler was also a winner at No. 1 singles, and Dewire made it a double with a 6-2, 6-0 win at third singles.
Ivenitsky took down Izzy Essi 6-2, 6-0 and Wagman collected the final point for Amherst with a straight set win at #5.