ORLANDO, Fla. – The Amherst women's tennis team recorded their first lost on the 2018-19 campaign after facing Emory University in their final match of their Florida stint, falling 8-1 on Thursday afternoon at Tiedtke Courts on the campus of Rollins College.
The Mammoths, who won the previous four matches during spring break competition and only allowed six points combined, drop to 5-1 on the season and will return to the Northeast to gear up for conference action. Amherst is set to face Trinity College (Conn.) on March 30th before they take on Bowdoin in their home opener (April 6th). The Eagles play Wesleyan in their next competition tomorrow at 11:00 AM.
Emory opened the day sweeping the Mammoths in all three doubles matches. The best opportunity came at number one when the duo of Jackie Bukzin '22 and Kelsey Chen '19 battled Ysabel Gonzalez-Rico and Defne Olcay. Chen and Bukzin led a good portion of the match and eventually went up 4-3. However, Gonzalez-Rico and Olcay were relentless in their response, posting five consecutive points to take the win 8-4.
Anya Ivenitsky '20 and Claire Evans '22 were held to just two points in their match against Emory's Stephanie Taylor and Christina Watson to fall at number three. Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ramras '22 could only manage three points against Daniela Lopez and Emma Cartledge (8-3), finalizing the Eagles sweep in doubles.
Maggie Owensby '21 was the lone Mammoth to secure a point on the day when she faced Emma Cartledge in the singles draw at number five. Owensby opened with a 6-3 win the opening set before Cartledge responded with a 6-2 victory in the second. All evened up, Owensby was able to walk away with an impressive 7-5 triumph to bring one back for the Purple & White.
Smukler almost posted another victor y in the second spot when she claimed the second set 7-6 (7-5) after losing the opening one 3-6. The Mammoth fought hard in the final set but lost an incredible match by a score of 14-12.
From then on, the Eagles never looked back and held Amherst from winning another set. Evans dropped to Jessica Fatemi 7-6 (14-12), 6-2 while Bukzin was blanked in her opening set against Gonzalez-Rico before losing the second by a score of 6-2.
Maddie Dewire and Ivenitsky were the final two singles of the day where they lost to Olcay (6-4, 6-2) and Lauren Yoon (6-3, 7-5), respectively.