Women's Tennis Goes 4-1 in Cali
Issue   |   Tue, 03/25/2014 - 23:09

Amherst women’s tennis won four of five on their California road trip, only dropping a 5-4 decision to Div. I Cal State Fullerton. The Jeffs entered the week ranked fourth in Div. III and picked up 6-3 wins over No. 5 Claremont Mudd-Scripps and Pomona-Pitzer, and swept both Concordia and Whitman, 9-0. Seniors Gabby Devlin and Jordan Brewer won all five of their matches at the top of the doubles lineup.

On Monday, March 17, the pair dominated Pomona Pitzer’s top doubles team, but that was the only doubles victory the Jeffs managed. However, Amherst won five of the six singles matches, including wins from Devlin and Brewer. Sue Ghosh ’16, Amy Pangalos ’14 and Sarah Monteagudo ’16 also won as the Jeffs picked up their second dual match win of the year, 6-3.

The next day, Amherst visited Cal State Fullerton and lost 5-4. Brewer and Devlin were the only doubles team to win, but they did not have as much success in singles, as they both fell in straight sets. The teams split the singles matches, with Jen Newman ’14, Ghosh and Pangalos triumphing for Amherst, but Fullerton’s edge in the doubles carried the Titans to a 5-4 victory.

The Jeffs bounced back on Wednesday with a comfortable 9-0 defeat of Concordia. The visitors did not drop a single set on their way to the sweep. This time, Brewer and Devlin won 8-0 from the top doubles court. Newman and Pangalos picked up an 8-1 win, and Monteagudo combined with junior Safi Aly to win 8-3 from the No. 3 court. The Jeffs’ sweep of the singles matches was highlighted by Devlin and Newman, who both won 6-0, 6-0.

After a day off, Amherst visited fifth-ranked Claremont Mudd-Scripps. The Jeffs won 6-3, in a contest that featured several close matches. Devlin and Brewer won again 9-7. In the other doubles matches, Newman and Pangalos fell 8-6, and Monteagudo and Aly also lost 8-6. Despite Brewer’s three set defeat at the top of the singles order, the Jeffs won four of the six singles matches. Devlin picked up a three set win and Newman, Ghosh and Monteagudo all won in straight sets.

Amherst wrapped up its California trip with a sweep of Whitman College, bringing its dual match record to 5-2. Just as they did against Concordia, the Jeffs avoided losing a set in their 9-0 victory. Brewer and Devlin completed their perfect week at the top of the doubles order with an 8-1 victory.
Pangalos and Newman won 8-4 from the No. 2 court, and Aly and Monteagudo coasted to an 8-2 victory in the last doubles match. Brewer, Devlin, Ghosh and Monteagudo picked up straight set singles victories.

The Jeffs return to action with the Wellesley Invitational on Friday, Apr. 4.