AMHERST, Mass. – Up 3-2 heading into the final four matches in their home opener, the No. 3 Amherst women's tennis team dropped to No. 14 Bowdoin College in New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) action by a 5-4 margin Saturday afternoon at Amherst Tennis Courts.
The Mammoths recorded their second loss on the season, both coming from top-15 opponents. The Purple & White move to 6-2 on the season and have a short rest as they battle conference foe Colby College on the road tomorrow, April 7th, beginning at 12:00 PM.
In the doubles matches, Kelsey Chen '19 and Camille Smukler '20 nabbed the first victory on the day for the Mammoths when they took down Julia Marks and Devon Wolfe 8-6 at number one. The Polar Bears brought things back even when Claire Evans '22 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 were thwarted by a score of 8-3 at the third spot. The battle to claim doubles came at number two with the match up of Maddie Dewire '20 and Maggie Owensby '22 against Izzy Essi and Tasha Christ. The duos went back and forth until the Polar Bears prevailed with a slim 8-7 win over Amherst.
Smukler and Owensby were able to secure opening wins in the singles matches when they took on Marks and Wolfe. At number one, Smukler posted the 7-5, 6-2 win over Marks before Owensby blanked Wolfe in the opening set (6-0) and claimed the second by a score of 6-3.
The final win on the day for the Purple & White came at number two when Dewire posted a decisive 6-0 triumph in the opener before Christ answered claiming the second set 6-3. All tied up, Dewire secured the Mammoths fourth and final victory by a 6-4 score line.
Bowdoin was able to clinch the bottom of the ladder to top Amherst overall. Evans took her first set against Essi 6-1 before falling in the second 6-2. Essi was able to seal the Polar Bear win with a 6-3 finish in the final set. Camilla Trapness '19 and Anya Ramras '22 were both able to claim a set at number five and six, but ultimately concluded the day with 6-3, 0-6, 2-6 and 4-6, 6-2, 3-6 losses.