FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – After missing out on the opportunity a year ago, Amherst College women's tennis has returned to the highest level of competition in Division III.
The Mammoths are headed to the site of the NCAA National Championships in Claremont, California after defeating University of Mary Washington 5-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the tournament for the fifteenth time since 1995.
Ranked number nine in the country, Amherst quickly asserted themselves with three convincing wins at doubles.
Top pair Avery Wagman '18 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 scored an 8-3 win over Ashley Barrow and Kait Brogan. Vickie Ip '18 and Kelsey Chen '19 topped Caroline Mosberg and Rachel Summers 8-2 at second doubles, and Camille Smukler '20 and Maddie Dewire '20 won by an identical score over Brittany McBride and Danielle Mirabella at #3.
All six singles players for Amherst (12-9) won their first set, and the race was on to score the final two clinching points.
Chen got the first singles point in the bag with a 6-1, 6-4 win over Hannah Jabusch at #3 singles.
Smukler sealed the victory for Amherst at #1 singles, beating Brogan 6-1, 6-2.
The #19 Eagles end their season with a 20-5 record.
Amherst will see a familiar foe in California, as they will battle with Williams College on Monday, May 21st in the National quarterfinals.
The Mammoths have been to the national semifinals on nine occasions, most recently in 2015. They were national runners-up in 2014, their fifth time, and won their only national championship in 1999.