KALAMAZOO, Mich. – After entering the quarterfinals of the NCAA DIII Championship for the 10th time in the last 11 years, the Amherst women's tennis team closed out their 2018-19 campaign with a 5-0 loss to No. 3 Middlebury at West Hills Athletic Club on Monday afternoon.
The Mammoths, who made their 25th consecutive tournament appearance and received their 16th straight first round bye, concluded their season with a 14-6 overall record and 5-3 in conference.
In the opening doubles match of the day, Christina Puccinelli and Maddie Stow handed Maddie Dewire '20 and Anya Ramras '22 their fourth loss on the season after securing the first point for the Panthers on the day with an 8-2 decision at number three.
The tandem of Anya Ivenitsky '20 and Camille Smukler '20 entered the competition seeking their eighth dual match victory at number two, facing off against the number six doubles team in the region, Katherine Hughes and Skylar Schossberger. The Mammoths fought back from two early deficits to tie the match at four games apiece, but Middlebury rattled off four straight wins to claim the second point on the day for the Panthers (8-4).
The number one doubles team in the region, Jackie Bukzin '22 and Kelsey Chen '19, led through the opening games by a 4-3 scoreline. However, the Mammoths couldn't pull away as Heather Boehm and Ann Martin Skelly won five straight at number one to notch their 17th doubles win on the season. The Panthers swept the doubles matches and went up 3-0 heading into singles action.
Middlebury's Maddi Stow claimed the fourth-consecutive point for the Panthers after limiting Claire Evans '22 to two points in both sets, winning 6-2, 6-2 at number five. Like the NESCAC semifinals, Puccinelli was the deciding factor after nabbing the fifth victory on the day with a 6-3, 6-2 score line at number three against Dewire. As it stood, Ivenitsky was up one set against Skylar Schossberger at number four while the rest of the Mammoths were down a set to their respective competitors.
Middlebury advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament and will take on Claremont-Mudd-Scripps tomorrow, May 21st, after 11:00 AM. Bukzin, Chen, and Smukler will stick around to compete in the individual championships that commence on May 24th and conclude with the finals on May 26th.