ORLANDO, Fla. – After nearly five months of break, the Amherst women's tennis team made their return to the courts as they battled Kenyon in their spring season opener, winning 9-0 in Florida Saturday afternoon in the first ever meeting between the two programs.
The Mammoths refused to give up a set as the Mammoths cruised by Kenyon with Jackie Bukzin '22 leading the way. Bukzin continued here terrific first-year as she posted an 7-5, 6-3 victory over Erika Oku at number one in the singles draw. At number two, Camille Smukler '20 also boasted an impressive 6-2, 6-2 finish over llana Blackwood.
Maddie Dewire '20 took on Maggie Sweeney at the third spot, holding the foe to less than one point in both sets, winning by a score of 6-1, 6-1. At number four, Anya Ivenitsky '20 took on Daria Beshentseva where she thwarted her opponent 6-3 in both sets.
Maggie Owensby '22 and Claire Evans '22 were the final two Mammoths in the singles draw. They took down their opponents Anna Winslow and Annie Reiner 6-4, 6-4 and 6-2, 6-0 respectively before heading into the doubles competition.
Just like the singles draw, the Mammoths refused to give up a set as they cruised by Kenyon in all three of the doubles matches. In the first match, the duo of Evans and Ivenitsky held Kayla Pukys and Winslow to one point, winning 8-1 in the doubles opener.
In the second match, Dewire and Ramras held Beshentseva and Blackwood to two points, winning 8-2 before the duo of Bukzin and Kelsey Chen '19 defeated Sweeney and Oku 8-6 In the concluding doubles match to finalize the Mammoths first spring season win.
The Mammoths take on Carnegie Mellon in their second competition of a five match stint down in warm weather, beginning at 11:30 AM on March 11th. Kenyon will set their sights on Wesleyan University tomorrow in their third match of the trip, starting at 3:00 PM.
After their five matches in Florida, the Mammoths will return to the north to begin conference play on March 30th when they travel to take on Trinity College. A week later, they will take on Bowdoin at home and Colby on the road before hosting Skidmore (April 13th) and Bates (April 17th). They will round out their regular season facing Williams, Wesleyan, Tufts, and Middlebury before the NESCAC tournament commences.