Women’s Tennis Eliminated in NESCAC Quarterfinals

Women’s Tennis Eliminated in NESCAC Quarterfinals

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 Jumbos bounced back with an 8-5 victory by Mina Karamercan and Otilia Popa against Avery Wagman '18 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 at the top doubles position.

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.