NCAA Preview: Women's Tennis Makes 25th Consecutive Appearance in NCAA Championship

NCAA Preview: Women's Tennis Makes 25th Consecutive Appearance in NCAA Championship

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP BRACKET

AMHERST, Mass. – The sixth-ranked Amherst women's tennis team will travel to Fredericksburg, Virginia as they return to the NCAA DIII Championship for the 25th consecutive year after having earned an at-large bid and a first round bye. The opening three rounds of the tournament will run from May 10-12.

Amherst has earned a first round bye for the 16th consecutive year. The University of Mary Washington will serve as the hosts for this weekend's competition. The Mammoths will face the winner of the College of New Jersey/ Wilkes match which will commence at 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 11th.  

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

Friday, May 10th

10:00am – Match #1: TCNJ vs Wilkes {Courts 7-12}

1:00pm – Match #2: Johns Hopkins vs Grove City {courts 1-6}

4:00pm – Match #3: UMW vs Franciscan  {Courts 7-12}

Saturday, May 11th

10am –Amherst v {winner of Match #1} (Courts 1-6)

2pm –   Winner of Match #2 vs Winner of Match #3 (Courts 7-12)

Sunday, May 12th

12pm –Women Championship: (courts 7-12)

LIVE STATS

Live stats will be available for all matches and will have specific links which will be listed below when they become available.

Match 1: TCNJ vs Wilkes (LINK)

Match 2: Johns Hopkins vs Grove City (LINK)

Match 3: UMW vs Franciscan (LINK)

Match 4: Amherst vs TBD (LINK)

Match 5: Winner of Match #2 vs Winner of Match #3 (LINK)

Match 6: Championship Match (LINK)

AMHERST COLLEGE MAMMOTHS
(12-5 Overall, NR: 6th) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

Amherst returns to the NCAA Tournament for the 24th consecutive year, with the last 16 seasons including a first round bye. The No. 6 ranked Mammoths clinched the fourth seed in the NESCAC tournament, taking down Tufts University 5-2 in the quarterfinals but fell short in the semifinals.

Amherst boasted a 5-3 conference record during the regular season and has made it to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament in nine out of the last 10 years. The Mammoths have garnered eight conference titles since 2005 with their most recent NESCAC title coming in 2014 when the Purple & White defeated Little Three foe, Williams, by a 5-1 margin.

Singles Leaders

Record

Maggie Owensby

11-2

Claire Evans 

11-3

Camille Smukler

11-4

TEAM

63-33 (.656)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Bukzin/Chen

8-4

Ivenitsky/Smukler

4-3

TEAM

31-20 (.608)

 

SCOUTING TCNJ
(16-4 Overall, NR: 37th) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

College of New Jersey enters the tournament with an undefeated record during the regular season in the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). The Lions have won four consecutive conference titles and enter the national championship having won four out of their last five matches, most recently taking down Haverford College 9-0.

Singles Leaders

Record

Audrey Chen

12-1

Alyssa Baldi

20-4

Liya Davidov

20-6

TEAM

107-40 (.728)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Baldi/Yemula

13-1

Davidov/Luddy

20-4

TEAM

73-16 (.820)

 

SCOUTING WILKES
(15-4 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

The Wilkes University women's tennis team defeated DeSales 5-0 on Saturday to win their 13th straight Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Freedom title to secure their automatic bid into the NCAA tournament. The Colonels enter the tournament having won 10 out of their last 11 matches and have only gave up one set through their two conference championship competitions.

Singles Leaders

Record

Alexa Cieri

10-0

Erin Volutza

19-2

Sarah Malone

11-1

TEAM

121-31 (.796)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Markle/Saliyev

6-0

Varela-Seri/Zielinski

9-1

TEAM

59-19 (.756)

 

SCOUTING JOHNS HOPKINS
(17-3 Overall, NR: 14th) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

Johns Hopkins defeated Swarthmore, 5-0, in the Centennial Conference (CC) Championship to claim the programs 13th consecutive conference title. The Blue Jays are undefeated in conference title matches and are 26-1 overall in the tournament. JHU tied the school record of 16 consecutive wins and have advanced to the NCAA tournament for the 13th straight year via an automatic bid.

Singles Leaders

Record

Amanda Ruci

9-1

Jessica Liang

14-2

Chrissy Simon

5-1

TEAM

114-54 (.679)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Asokumar/Zou

10-1

Chang/Gauch

13-3

TEAM

67-21 (.761)

 

SCOUTING GROVE CITY
(15-2 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

The Grove City College women's tennis team earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament after thwarting Westminster, 5-1, in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) championship. The Wolverines make their seventh all-time appearance in the NCAA tournament and only their third time in the last six years.

Singles Leaders

Record

Morgan Happe

15-1

Taylor Bradley

15-2

Maggie Manchester

12-2

TEAM

87-19 (.821)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Elder/Ford

14-2

Bradley/Manchester

13-5

TEAM

40-17 (.702)

 

SCOUTING MARY WASHINGTON
(20-4 Overall, NR: 15th) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

Mary Washington, who is serving as the hosts for the opening rounds of the NCAA Championship, notched their automatic bid into the tournament after defeating No. 24 Christopher Newport University (5-0) in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championship. The Eagles were undefeated in conference action during the regular season and have won 27 CAC Championships.

Singles Leaders

Record

Rachel Cooper

19-6

Lauren Quinn

15-7

Danielle Mirabella

18-10

TEAM

97-59 (.622)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Quinn/Summers

18-3

Dixon/Moore

14-5

TEAM

54-23 (.701)

 

SCOUTING FRANCISCAN
(16-5 Overall) – Schedule / Roster / Statistics

Franciscan University clinched their automatic bid into the NCAA tournament after winning their third-straight Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) title, halting Mt. Aloysius by a 5-1 score line. The Lady Barons maintained a perfect record in the AMCC and are no strangers to the courts in Fredericksburg as they traveled there in the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

Singles Leaders

Record

Grace Hammel

10-1

Ana Victoria Haddad Garcia

16-3

Maria Binette

14-4

TEAM

85-27 (.759)

 

 

Doubles Leaders

Record

Haddad Garcia/Hammel

13-2

Razook/Karimpour

11-4

TEAM

47-13 (.783)