MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – After advancing to the semifinals of the 2019 New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Women's Tennis Championship off a 5-2 triumph over Tufts, the Mammoths suffered a 5-0 loss at the hands of Middlebury which ended their chase for a conference title on Saturday evening.
The Mammoths move to 12-5 overall while Middlebury advances to the championship game which will be held today at 1:00 PM. The Panthers boast a record of 16-1 overall and were undefeated in conference action during the regular season.
Amherst was swept in the doubles competition as Kelsey Chen '19 and Jackie Bukzin fell by an 8-7 (7-1) tiebreaker decision against Heather Boehm and Ann Martin at number one. Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ivenitsky were held to two points at the second spot by Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger, losing 8-2. At number three, Christina Puccinelli and Maddi Stow defeated Anya Ramras '22 and Maddie Dewire '20 by an 8-6 margin to go up 3-0 heading into singles play.
Boehm secured the top of the latter, limiting Bukzin to one point in both sets as she claimed the fourth win (6-0, 6-1). Puccinelli solidified the win and advancement into the conference championship match after taking down Dewire at number three by a score of 6-4, 6-2.