Women’s Tennis Advances to NCAA Tournament with First Round Bye
Issue   |   Wed, 05/06/2015 - 00:30
Megan Robertson '15
Senior Safi Aly contributed a singles win this weekend.

For the second weekend in a row, the Amherst women’s tennis team journeyed up to Middlebury College for the 2015 NESCAC tournament. The Jeffs, seeded third in the tournament, traveled to Vermont with the hope of getting a second chance at the teams responsible for their two NESCAC losses: Williams and Middlebury. And that is exactly what happened.

After easily defeating Trinity College on Friday night in the first round 5-0, the ladies in purple got revenge against the second-seeded Middlebury on Saturday in the semifinals. The Jeffs ultimately fell to Williams in the NESCAC final.

With the pairings of Vickie Ip ’18 and junior Sue Gosh ’16 on the first doubles court and sophomore Jackie Calla ’17 and junior Maddie Sung ’16 on the second, Amherst dominated doubles play 2-1. The singles courts proved to be more of a battle, with Middlebury victorious on courts one and two. However, on court three Jackie Calla fought back after losing the first set to defeat Lily Bondy (3-6, 6-3, 6-1). Middlebury fired back with a win on court five, and the match came down to court six and sophomore Claire Carpenter. In an exciting battle against Middlebury’s Katie Paradeis, Carpenter secured the win for the Jeffs, sending them in to the finals against none other than Williams College.

Unfortunately for Amherst, Williams came up victorious on Sunday, defeating the Jeffs 5-2. Amherst’s wins came from the doubles pairs of Vickie Ip and Sue Gosh on court one and Sarah Monteagudo ’16 and Safi Aly ’15 on court three.

Despite heading home as NESCAC runner-ups, the Jeffs earned a spot in the 2015 NCAA tournament with a bye in the first round. They will face the winner of SUNY Geneseo and Elizabethtown this coming Saturday.

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