No. 8 Women’s Tennis Ends Season in NCAA Quarterfinals

No. 8 Women’s Tennis Ends Season in NCAA Quarterfinals

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The third matchup of the year between Amherst College and Williams College women's tennis occurred in the 2018 NCAA Quarterfinals last night, and for the third time this year, Williams defeated the Mammoths, this time ending their season with a 5-1 setback.

Amherst finishes their 2018 campaign with a 12-10 overall record, while #2 Williams stays perfect at 21-0.

Kelsey Chen '19 earned the lone point for the Mammoths with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Chloe Henderson at number three singles after Williams had swept doubles play.

The momentum of the match swung on the #2 and #3 doubles match, which both went to the Ephs in tightly contested fashion.

Maddie Dewire '20 and Camille Smukler '20 forced a tiebreak at third doubles but were downed 7-1 in the extra points by the tandem of Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Korina Neveux.

Chen and Vickie Ip '18 battled back and forth with Henderson and Rachel Cross, but the second doubles team for the Ephs escaped with a 9-7 win.

The Eph top tandem of Juli Raventos and Julia Cancio got things started with an 8-1 win over Anya Ivenitsky '20 and Avery Wagman '18 at top singles.

Cancio put Amherst on the brink of elimination with a 6-2, 6-0 win at #5 singles over Dewire.

After Chen got the Mammoths on the board, Neveux clinched the match with a 6-3, 7-5 win over Wagman at #6.

The win over Amherst extended the Eph win streak over the Mammoths to 11 and improved their all-time lead in the series to 42-39. Williams now owns a 5-3 record versus Amherst in the NCAA Tournament.

The Ephs will face host CMS (27-2) tomorrow in the semifinal round beginning at 3:00 PM PST.