Four Amherst Women’s Tennis Players Crowned NEWITT Champions

Four Amherst Women’s Tennis Players Crowned NEWITT Champions

AMHERST, Mass. – With two pairings still fighting heading into the final day of competition at the New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT), Amherst women's tennis clinched both final matches in the A-Draw and B-Draw to have Maggie Owensby '22, Anya Ramras '22, Maddie Dewire '20, and Calista Sha '23 named NEWITT Champions.

The tournament was played Davis Cup format, both teams played a doubles match followed by two singles matches in a best of three layout.

The No. 2 seeded tandem of Dewire and Sha entered the tournament with an overall record of 1-2 in their doubles matches. In their opening match on Friday, the Mammoths took down Olivia Berler and Cameron Foley of Endicott (3-0) before downing Trinity's Jillian Winer and Ashley Walker by a 2-1 margin in the quarterfinals.

In their semifinals match on Saturday, the Mammoths were lined up against Wesleyan's Sophie Henderson and Megan Tran where they took the doubles win and Sha capitalized in her final two sets against Henderson to steal the singles victory 4-6, 6-1, 10-8.

Against another Cardinals pairing in the championship, Dewire and Sha started out strong with an 8-4 win in doubles before Sha clinched the winning match with a 6-3, 6-3 singles victory over Sasha Gaeth. In her singles duel against Caitlin Goldberg, Dewire battled back from 1-4 in the first set to win 7-5, 7-6 (3) which solidified the sweep for Amherst.

In the A-Draw, Owensby and Ramras suffered an 8-0 doubles setback in the first round but claimed both singles matches to advance to the quarterfinals where they faced Middlebury's No. 3 seeded Maddie Stow and Skylar Schossberger. The Panthers pulled away with an 8-4 triumph in the doubles before the Mammoths rattled off 6-1, 7-6 (2) and 7-6 (6), 2-6, 10-5 wins in the singles.

The duo punched their ticket to the championship match after nabbing an 8-5 win in doubles and a 6-0, 6-2 mark by Ramras in her solo bout against Brandeis' Lauren Bertsch. Like their quarterfinals outing, Amherst dropped their doubles match but posted demanding singles victories (6-4, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-3) to claim the A-Draw crown.  

No. 1 seed Jackie Bukzin '22 and Claire Evans '22 won their first match on Friday but saw an early exit in the quarterfinals as Denterevich and Bertsch of Brandeis collected a 2-1 result to halt the Mammoths. It was the same story for Camille Smukler '20 and Anya Ivenitsky '20 who cruised past Tufts in the first round but fell in the quarterfinals to MIT's Libby Rickeman and Sarah Pertsemlidis (2-1).

Amherst will round out their fall slate with the Middlebury College Invitational next weekend, October 19-20, before awaiting a spring schedule kick off against Sewanee in California.