Evans and Bukzin Win A-Draw Championship at NEWITT

Evans and Bukzin Win A-Draw Championship at NEWITT

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. – Jackie Bukzin '22 and Claire Evans '22 won the 2018 NEWITT A-Draw Championship to conclude the fall slate for Amherst women's tennis Sunday Afternoon.

The Mammoths boasted a productive weekend with two pairings making it to the A-Draw championship. The number one seed Bukzin and Evans faced off against teammates Kelsey Chen '19 and Anya Ramras '22 (number three seed) in a winner takes all match. Bukzin and Evans won the tournament by taking down Chen and Ramras by a final score of 8-4.

After the first round of the tournament, four out of the eight teams that advanced to the quarterfinals were Amherst pairings. In the semifinals, three out of the four teams were Amherst again, resulting in the final matchup being Mammoths on Mammoths after a default by MIT.

Trinity College's duo of Pellegrini and Drausnik notched a first round win for their school, while MIT owned the other three slots in the quarterfinals, alongside Amherst. MIT was able to mark a semifinal appearance with one of their pairings after taking down Trinity, but they ultimately defaulted the next match against the Mammoths.

With this tournament in the books, Amherst women's tennis officially completes the fall portion of their season, seeing two tournament championships, a win in their first dual match against Williams College, and a second place finish by Bukzin at the Tufts/MIT Invitational. Trapness (who finished with Maggie Owensby '22 in the semifinals this tournament) also received the 2018 NEWITT Coach Christine Davis Sportsmanship Award, adding to the impressive start for the Mammoths.

Amherst will begin their spring competition on March 9th in Orlando, Florida when they take on Kenyon College.