FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – Claire Evans '22 clinched the decisive win at number five singles as the Amherst women's tennis blanked the College of New Jersey in the second round of the 2019 NCAA DIII Championship, 5-0, to advance into tomorrow's regional finals at the University Tennis Complex.
With the win, Amherst improves to 13-5 on the season while TCNJ's NCAA run comes to an end with a 17-5 overall record.
The Mammoths opened with a pair of imposing wins at number two and number three doubles. Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 refused to give up a point as they won 8-0 before heading to number one when Kelsey Chen '19 and Jackie Bukzin '22 claimed the second win with an 8-4 triumph over Liya Davidov and Katrine Luddy. Maddie Dewire '20 and Anya Ramras '22 completed the doubles sweep when they blanked Sarah Phung and Navya Yemula 8-0.
Up 3-0, Amherst nabbed their fourth win at number two singles when Smukler downed Grace Minassian 6-0, 6-1 before Evans solidified their regional finals advancement with a 6-3, 6-1 mark at number five.
The Mammoths advance to their 21st consecutive regional finals with their most recent appearance resulting in a 5-0 defeat over Mary Washington just a year ago. Amherst will face the winner of the Johns Hopkins/Mary Washington match that will commence at 2:00 PM.