Trapness Honored, Mammoths Advance on Day Two at NEWITT

Trapness Honored, Mammoths Advance on Day Two at NEWITT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. -- Camilla Trapness '19 won the 2018 NEWITT Coach Christine Davis Sportsmanship Award while Amherst women's tennis has two pairs competing for the A Draw Championship tomorrow after a successful second day at the NEWITT Invitational.

Christine Davis was the Head Coach of Smith College Tennis from 1979 until 2018. The Christine Davis Sportsmanship Award is awarded to a current junior or senior player who exemplifies the values that Coach Davis lives and teaches every day, which are to compete with grace, passion, and commitment. Trapness was nominated by Coach Bagwell and Coach Weintraub saying: "Camilla has a fiery drive to consistently improve herself and her teammates in all aspects of being a NCAA Division III student-athlete. Coaches and teammates can always count on Camilla for giving it her all no matter the task." The nomination also read, "Camilla is a positive ambassador and mentor for the Amherst Women's Tennis Team and to all student-athletes. She is always the first teammate to volunteer her time and advice to recruits, her teammates and her coaches. She wants to be the best so she pulls the best out of everyone she encounters."

Jackie Bukzin '22 and Claire Evans '22 won their first match of the day when they went up against Rakocevic and Teng, winning 2-1 in the quarterfinals. Bukzin won her singles match against Rakocevic 7-5, 6-2 whereas Evans fell to Tang 6-2 6-1. Coming down to the doubles match, the Mammoths were able to prevail with an 8-4 mark to send them into the semifinals.

Maggie Owensby '22 and Camilla Trapness '19 faced off against MIT's Guenther and Zhang where they won by a 2-1 margin. The Amherst duo fell in the doubles match 8-3, but rallied to win both of their singles matches by a 6-4, 6-3 (Trapness) and 7-6, (7-3), 6-3 (Owensby) mark.

Kelsey Chen '19 and Anya Ramras '22 squared up against teammates May Zhu '22 and Catie Burkhart '21 in the quarterfinals which saw Chen and Ramras coming out on top 2-1. The duo were able to take the doubles match 8-4 and Ramras finished it off with a 6-0, 6-2 singles victory over Burkhart.

In the semifinals, Bukzin and Evans had to go up against Owensby and Trapness in order to advance to the finals. It was a winner takes all match, with no singles being played, which sends the winning team into tomorrow's final matchup. Bukzin and Evans were able to earn the shutout victory by posting an 8-0 victory over the other Mammoth duo.

Chen and Ramras were set for their semifinal matchup, but MIT defaulted, which automatically put the pairing into the A Draw Finals.

The Finals will begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.