AMHERST, Mass. – Jackie Bukzin '22 and Camille Smukler '20 claimed two wins apiece to lead #7 Amherst women's tennis in their 6-3 win over #8 Tufts University on senior day at the Amherst Tennis Courts Wednesday evening.
Seniors Kelsey Chen '19, Jane Fraley '19, Ashley Park '19, Camilla Trapness '19, and Kelly Yang '19 were honored for their commitment to the Amherst women's tennis team in which they accrued a 43-31 overall record and notched a pair of NCAA quarterfinal berths throughout their four years.
In the doubles competition, Bukzin and Chen got things rolling with an 8-5 win over Maggie Dorr and Caroline Garrido at number one before Smukler and Anya Ivenitsky '20 posted the same score line against Toma Iwasaki and Otilia Popa, putting the Purple & White up 2-0. However, the Jumbos brought one back before singles with an 8-3 win over Maddie Dewire '20 and Maggie Owensby '22.
Bukzin and Smukler continued on their imposing day clinching the top two spots over Dorr and Iwasaki. in singles play Bukzin walked away with the 6-3, 6-1 triumph while Smukler thwarted Iwasaki 6-1, 6-2.
Tufts were able to claim the third and fourth spots after Patricia Obeid and Caroline Garrido won their first sets 6-4 apiece over the Mammoths. Dewire fell to Obeid in the final set 6-2 while Owensby dropped 6-4 to Garrido.
However, the Mammoths were able to escape with the win after Claire Evans '22 made short work of her opponent, Nicole Frankel, after winning by a score of 6-4, 6-4.Trapness rounded out the points on the evening at number six where she faced Katherine Wiley. The Mammoth fell in the opening set 7-3, but came back to post a 6-3 decision in the second. All tied up, the two sides went back and forth in the final set, with Trapness prevailing on her senior day with a 10-7 win.