HARTFORD, Conn. – The Amherst women's tennis team won twice in doubles before sweeping the singles matches to secure their first New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) win against Trinity (Conn.) on Saturday afternoon at the Assaiante Tennis Center.
Amherst moves to 6-1 on the season and will host Bowdoin a week from today (April 6th) in their home opener at 10:00 AM. Trinity will set their sights on Williams tomorrow (March 31st) at 2:00 PM.
Amherst started strong in doubles, claiming the opening two matches in the second and third spot. Maddie Dewire '20 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 took down Marta Drausnik and Jillian Winer 8-2 before Kelsey Chen '19 and Camille Smukler '20 took down Lilly Everett and Janie Weber 8-3. At number one, Jackie Bukzin '22 and Claire Evans '22 dropped to Elena Pellegrini and Julia Brogan by an 8-5 margin.
Evans secured the first singles win on the day for the Mammoths, thwarting Winer 6-0, 6-2 at number five before Camilla Trapness '19 won at number six, defeating Ashley Walker 6-1, 6-2. Maggie Owensby '22 finalized the Mammoths win at number four when she blanked Krista Jiranek in the second set (6-0) and claimed the first one by a score of 6-1.
Ivenitsky held her opponent, Brogan, to four points in the opening set before claiming the second (6-0) to notch the Mammoths sixth win.
In the top two spots, Smukler and Dewire took on Pellegrini and Drausnik, winning in a three-set clash. Dewire was down 2-5 to Drausnik before coming back to force a tiebreaker but fell. However, Dewire also overcame a one point deficit (3-4) in the second set to come back and win 6-4. The final set, Dewire was up 6-1 before Drausnik stormed back to make it 8-8 before Dewire walked away with the 11-9 win.
At number one, Smukler also dropped her first set 5-7 before evening things back out when she took the second set 6-3. She completed the sweep for the Mammoths after winning the final set 10-3.