Women’s Tennis Perfect Against Trio of Conference Opponents
Issue   |   Tue, 04/11/2017 - 22:43

The Amherst women’s tennis team had a successful week, winning all three of their matches to continue a five-game win streak and improve their overall record to 5-4.

On Tuesday, April 4, the Mammoths won their first conference battle against Connecticut College, shutting the Camels out 9-0. The purple and white won an impressive 212 of 229 sets played on the day.

Amherst started out strong in doubles action, beginning the day 3-0.

On the first court, Camille Smukler ’20/Kelsey Chen ’19 beat Emily Migliorini/ Stephanie Simon, 8-1. Anya Ivenitsky ’20/Avery Wagman ’18 pulled out an 8-2 victory on the second court, and Megan Adamo ’17/Claire Carpenter ’17 dominated with an 8-0 victory on the third court.

In singles, the Mammoths again swept the Camels, winning all six matches. On court No. 1, Smukler pulled out a 6-1, 6-2 win. In the second position, Chen won 6-2, 6-2. Ivenitsky played on the court No. 3 and Camilla Trapness ’19 on No. 4; each won their match 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 6-1 respectively. Adamo also posted back-to-back 6-1 set wins on the fifth court. Wagman sealed the deal on court six, recording two 6-0 shutout wins to propel the Mammoths to victory.

On Saturday, April 8, Amherst played back to back NESCAC matches against Bowdoin and Bates. The 13th-ranked Mammoths upset the fourth-ranked Polar Bears 5-4 and swept the Babcats 8-0.

Strong doubles play set the purple and white up for victory, as they started with a 3-0 lead against Bowdoin. Smukler/Chen (8-3), Ivenitsky/Wagman (8-4) and Clarpenter/Adamo (8-5) clinched wins on the first, second and third courts respectively.

The Mammoths’ fourth and fifth wins came on courts No. 3 and No. 4. Ivenitsky bested Samantha Stadler 6-3, 1-6, 6-4 and Trapness came from behind to defeat Tasha Christ 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.

In the 9-0 shutout against Bates, the doubles successes were earned by Chen/Smukler (8-2), Wagman/Ivenitsky (8-4) and Carpenter/Adamo (8-4).

In singles action, the purple and white won five of the six matches, with the sixth going unfinished. Smukler won on the first court, 6-2, 6-1, Ivenitsky on the second, 6-3, 6-0 and Trapness with a come from-behind-win on the third court by a score of 2-6, 6-2, 11-9. On courts No. 4 and 5, Adamo and Wagman each tallied 6-1, 6-0 victories.

Carpenter was up 6-3, 5-2 against Hannah Londoner on the sixth court before the venue closed and they were unable to finish their match.

With a 3-0 start in conference play, Amherst will return to action next Saturday, April 15, when they travel to take on NESCAC rival Williams College at 1 p.m.