Amherst Women's Tennis Opens Fall Slate with MIT Invitational

Amherst Women's Tennis Opens Fall Slate with MIT Invitational

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- In the opening tournament of their fall slate, Amherst women's tennis placed two Mammoths, Jackie Bukzin '22 and Calista Sha '23, in quarterfinals action after downing their first opponents in the singles competition while the Mammoths saw three doubles teams advancing into day two of the MIT Invitational.

Bukzin returns to the court after an impressive first season in the purple and white, taking down Serim Jin of Wesleyan 6-4, 6-1 before advancing past Yuka Perera (MIT) by a 6-1 margin in both sets. The Manorville, New York native will be matched up against Caitlyn Ferrante in her first competition on day two. 

Sha makes her debut with the Mammoths and moved into the quarterfinals after sweeping both opponents, defeating Maggie Dorr (Tufts) 6-2, 6-3 and Lara Rakocevic (MIT) 6-4, 6-1. Sha will take on Maddie Suk of Tufts tomorrow in the third round. 

In doubles, the tandem of Maggie Owensby '22 and Anya Ramras '22 thwarted opponents Lara Rakocevic and Magan Guenther in the round of 16 by a score of 8-1 to place themselves in the quarterfinals against Casey Cummings and Caroline Garrido of Tufts.

Seniors Anya Ivenitsky '20 and Camille Smukler '20 were the second Mammoth pairing still fighting in doubles action after an 8-3 decision over Wesleyan's Katie Fleischman and Caitlin Goldberg in the opening round. The duo will face Libby Rickeman and Sarah Pertsemlidis tomorrow morning. 

Bukzin and Claire Evans '22 finalize the day two representation for Amherst in doubles after clinching a 8-7 (4-0) triumph over MIT, matching up against Mathilda Rigby and Suk of Tufts in tomorrow's quarterfinal.