Lord Jeffs Rebound From First Loss of the Season With 7-2 Win Over Tufts

AMHERST, MA – The second-ranked Amherst College women's tennis team looked to rebound from their first defeat of the season against the visiting 12th-ranked Tufts University Jumbos this afternoon in midweek NESCAC action. Amherst took just a pair of the doubles matches, but re-grouped to capture five of the six singles bouts for a 7-2 win.

In doubles play, Amherst took bookend wins at one and three, and dropped a close 8-6 result in the middle match. The closest match of the three was a 9-8 Amherst victory at the number three spot.  Lord Jeff senior captains Jen Murphy (Simsbury, CT) and Laura Stein (Rockport, ME) combined to hold off a late charge from Laura Hoguet and Julia Browne of Tufts.

The Amherst pair held a 7-5 lead, before a break by the Jumbos helped Tufts tie the set at 7-7 with consecutive wins. Amherst took an 8-7 lead, before seeing the match tied at 8-8 once again. The Lord Jeff tandem needed the tiebreaker to settle the matchup, and give Amherst a 2-1 lead going into singles play.

In singles action, Amherst took over against the Jumbos, and ran away with the match. Amherst sophomore Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) earned her second team point of the day with a win in the top singles match against Tufts' Browne. Berckes took her singles match in three sets, after she had her hand in an 8-4 doubles win with teammate Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY). After losing the first set 2-6, Berckes rebounded to take the last two sets 6-3 and 7-6, winning the tiebreaker 7-4.

Seniors Menezes and Monica Snyder (Newton, MA) picked up wins in the three and four spots, respectively. Menezes defeated Erica Miller 6-1 and 6-4, while Snyder took a 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 win over Andrea Cenko.

Sophomore Jill Wexler (Beverly, MA) fell to Meghan McCooey in the number two singles match, for the lone Tufts singles win. After falling 7-5 in the first set, Wexler lost the second and final set 6-1.

First-years Laken King (Laurelton, NY) and Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA) closed out the win for the Lord Jeffs with singles wins. The victory improves Amherst's overall record to 8-1, and 2-1 in conference play. Tufts falls to 8-4 this season, and 4-2 in NESCAC action.

Amherst will return to action this weekend when they host both Bowdoin and Colby in conference play. The Jeffs will see Colby on Saturday and Bowdoin on Sunday, with each match starting at 10 a.m.

Amherst 7 – Tufts 2: Amherst College – Amherst, MA - Tuesday, April 08, 2008

1) Menezes/Berckes (A) def. Cenko/Homma (T) 8-4
2) McCooey/Miller (T) def. Wexler/Brown (A) 8-6
3) Murphy/Stein (A) def. Hoguet/Browne (T) 9-8

1) Brittany Berckes (A) def. Julia Browne (T) 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-4)
2) Meghan McCooey (T) def. Jill Wexler (A) 7-5, 6-1
3) Alicia Menezes (A) def. Erica Miller (T) 6-1, 6-4
4) Monica Snyder (A) def. Andrea Cenko (T) 7-6 (7-3) 6-4
5) Laken King (A) def. Mari Homma (T) 6-1, 6-0
6) Natasha Brown (A) def. Laura Hoguet (T) 6-0, 6-0