ORLANDO, Fla. – The No. 3 Amherst women's tennis team continued their unblemished season as they took down Washington University (Mo.) by a score of 7-2 and Case Western Reserve University 8-1 to improve to 5-0 on the season heading into their final day of competition in Orlando, Florida.
The Mammoths will take on No. 1 Emory in a huge match up tomorrow (March 14th) at 1:00 PM at the Tiedtke Courts. Both Amherst and Emory currently sit undefeated in this year's venture. Last year, the two sides met at Bowdoin College in early April where the Eagles defeated Amherst 6-3.
Amherst vs. Washington University (Mo.)
In the doubles draw, Washington University opened up with their second and final win at number three when Stephanie Ren and Divya Sharma thwarted Claire Evans '22 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 8-3 to bring a point back for the Bears. However, Washington was halted in the remaining doubles matches as Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ramras '22 defeated Sanjna Tripathy and Laurel Wanger by a score of 8-2. At number none, Jackie Bukzin '22 and Kelsey Chen '19 capped off the doubles with an 8-3 win against Persky and Chionis.
In the singles competition, Amherst won five out of the six matches to secure the win. Camille Trapness '19 got the Mammoths off to a good start with a 6-3, 6-3 triumph over Sanjna Tripathy at number six. Following Trapness, Maggie Owensby '22 blanked Laurel Wanger in the first set and took the win after posting a 6-2 finish in the second.
Evans secured the overall win for the Purple & White when she defeated Lisa Chionis 6-2, 6-2 in the third singles match. Brigitte Hodge grabbed the final triumph for the Bears when she took on Ivenitsky at number three, claiming the first set 7-5 and then finishing on top (6-3) in the second. The top two spots of the ladder belonged to the Mammoths with Bukzin (6-0, 5-7, 10-7) and Smukler (5-7, 6-4, 10-6) leading the way to end the third day of competition.
Amherst vs. Case Western Reserve University
The Mammoths swept all doubles matches, only allowing seven points collectively in the three competitions.
Smukler and Ramras held Nidhi Jha and Eliza Georgiades to only one point in their match (8-1) before Bukzin and Chen took down Mira Amin and Madeleine Paolucci 8-2 at number one. Evans and Ivenitsky battled at number three to halt Kristin Jones and Sneha Karnam's effort for an 8-4 finish in the final doubles spot.
In the singles draw, Trapness led off with a 6-2 opening set win against Georgiades. She went on to win the fourth match for the Mammoths after blanking the Spartan in the second (6-0). For the second consecutive match, Evans was able to secure the overall victory for the Purple & White after holding Mukund to one point in both sets (6-1, 6-1).
Case Western Reserve was able to note one victory on the day as Paolucci took down Smukler at number one (7-6, 1-6, 10-7). However, Amherst was able to finish strong and steal the final three singles matches. Owensby opened with a 6-4 win over Jha, finalizing the win after a 6-1 score in the second while Dewire thwarted Karnam 6-2, 6-0. Ivenitsky was the last Mammoth to compete, walking away with a 6-4 and 7-6 win over Amin at number three.