WATERVILLE, Maine – The Amherst women's tennis team held Colby College to only three set wins on Sunday afternoon, sweeping the doubles matches to lead the Mammoths to an 8-1 win over the Mules in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) play.
With the win, Amherst splits their matches on the weekend and improves to 7-2 overall and 2-1 in conference. Saturday, April 13th, the Mammoths will host Skidmore in their final non-conference match up before finishing out their schedule with five NESCAC opponents. Colby dropped to 4-5 on the season and will host Thomas (ME) at 4:00 PM on Thursday (April 11th).
First-year Claire Evans '22 and Anya Ramras '22 opened up the scoring for Amherst as they posted a strong 8-3 finish in the opening match against Carly Levitz and Lindsey Hernandez. Camille Smukler '20 and Kelsey Chen '19 followed up with a win at number one against Jessica Tsai and Lydia Venditti by a score of 8-2 before heading into the final doubles match. Gabriela Venditti and Callie Nesbitt notched four points on the Mammoths, but Maddie Dewire '20 and Maggie Owensby '22 proved to be too much as the pair took the win 8-4.
Up 3-0 heading into the singles matches, Dewire continued her imposing efforts on the day by limiting L. Venditti to one point in both sets to win 6-1, 6-1. In the fifth match overall, Camilla Trapness '19 brought the win home for the Purple & White when she snagged 6-2, 6-2 wins over Nesbitt at number four.
In the very next match, the Mules snagged their lone victory on the day at number one when Smukler blanked Levitz (6-0) in the first set but fell in the remaining two 6-3, 10-3. Amherst refused to look back from there, posting wins in the remaining three matches to secure their seventh win on the season. Evans (7-5, 6-4) and Chen (6-4, 6-0) swept their opponents in the first two sets before Ramras clinched a 7-6 (8-6) win in the first but dropped the second set 6-3. However, Ramras was able to finish off the final match of the afternoon with a 10-3 win in the third.