MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Amherst women's tennis concluded their fall competition winning five of their six doubles matches and eight of their 10 singles bouts over two days of competition at the Middlebury Invitational on the Proctor Tennis Courts and the Nelson Recreation Center.
In the opening day on Saturday, the Mammoths matched up with Brandeis where they swept all seven matches played. Jackie Bukzin '22 and Calista Sha '23 posted an 8-4 decision in the first doubles match while Maggie Owensby '22 and Anya Ramras '22 followed with an 8-3 triumph over Isabel Cepeda and Ana Hatfield at number two.
In singles, Amherst limited their opponents to fewer than two points in four of the five matches with the only match exceeding two sets coming from Bukzin's matchup with Diana Dehterevich. The New York native clinched the first set 6-3 before the Judge took the second set 6-4. However, the Mammoth was able to clinch a 10-7 win in the third to solidify Amherst's 7-0 rout against Brandeis.
The Purple & White also took on Middlebury in singles action on Saturday with the Mammoths holding a 3-2 edge at the conclusion of the day. At number one, Ramras faced off against Katherine Hughes where they went the distance, but Ramras was able to steal the first and third sets to tally a pivotal win for the Mammoths.
In the second singles match, Brinlea La Barge brought one back for Middlebury, defeating Sha 3-6, 7-6 (8), 10-7 while Bukzin nabbed another win with a key 6-1, 6-2 feat over Skylar Schossberger at number three.
Ruhi Kamdar won the Panthers final singles match at number five when she took down Madeline Clinton (6-0, 6-2) but Owensby capped off the scoring at number four with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over Caitlin Neal.
In their final two matches on Saturday, the Mammoths swept both doubles competitions against Williams with the tandem of Bukzin and Sha clinching an 8-4 win at number two while Owensby and Ramras claimed number one with an 8-7 (1) decision over Chloe Henderson and Katherine Orgielewicz.
On Sunday, Amherst wrapped up their dual match against Middlebury. Maddi Stow and Heather Boehm bested Ramras and Sha at number two but Bukzin and Owensby recorded their third doubles win on the weekend and solidified the win for Amherst at 4-3 after taking down Hughes and Schossberber at number one.
Amherst will await spring competition, opening up with Sewanee in Malibu, California on March 15th in their next outing.