AMHERST, Mass. – The fifth seeded Amherst College women's tennis team was defeated by #4 Tufts University 5-2 on Friday morning in the quarterfinals of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) tournament, hosted by Amherst at Bay Road Tennis Club.
Tufts took a 2-1 lead in the match with doubles wins at #1 and #2. Amherst's Vicki Ip '18 and Kelsey Chan '19 secured an 8-2 win at #2 doubles over Patricia Obeid and Lauren Louks, which quickly put the home team ahead.
The edge in the match hinged on third doubles, where the teams went to a tiebreaker before Zoe Miller and Kat Wiley earned the point for Tufts with a 9-8 (7-4) win over Camille Smukler '20 and Maddie Dewire '20.
Amherst tried to fight back at singles, where Dewire quickly topped Miller 7-6 (0), 6-3 to tie the match at two.
Tufts quickly reclaimed their advantage with a 6-4, 6-4 win by Karamercan over Ip at #2 singles. They clinched the match with two three-set victories. Louks held off Chen 6-3, 2-6, 6-1 at #3 singles, and Kat Wiley edged Wagman in a third-set tiebreaker to put the match away (6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (3).
Amherst, ranked #8 in the country, will hope for a bid to the NCAA Tournament, currently carrying a 10-9 record into next week's selection show.
Tufts (12-5) advances to play top-seed Williams on Saturday at 9:00 AM in the semifinals.