No. 6 Mammoths Down Tufts, Advance to NESCAC Semifinals

No. 6 Mammoths Down Tufts, Advance to NESCAC Semifinals

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – After Amherst women's tennis took a 2-1 lead in doubles, Jackie Bukzin '22 posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at number one singles to secure the 5-2 victory over Tufts in quarterfinals action of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Tennis Championship Friday afternoon.

Amherst will advance to the semifinals of the tournament where they will take on one-seeded Middlebury tomorrow, May 4th. The Panthers received a bye on the first day and entered the championship with an undefeated conference record while the Mammoths boasted a 5-3 in the NESCAC.

Juniors Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 nabbed the first victory on the day from number two singles when they thwarted Otilia Popa and Tomo Iwasaki 8-3. Anya Ramras '20 and Maddie Dewire '20 were able to snag the second match after reciprocating the 8-3 score line at number three.  Bukzin and Kelsey Chen '19 were the final Mammoths competing in doubles, forcing a tiebreaker at number one but ultimately falling 8-7 (7-5).

Up one heading to singles, Ivenitsky limited Caroline Garrido to less than three points in both sets, winning 6-3, 6-2. Smukler made the score 4-1 after grabbing a three-set triumph over Iwasaki at number two (2-6, 6-3, 6-2) before the Jumbos brought one back with a 6-4, 6-3 decision at number three from Patricia Obeid.

Bukzin solidified the win after taking down Maggie Dorr at number one (6-3, 6-2), ending the day and launching the Mammoths into the semifinals.