Women’s Tennis Splits Pair of Conference Matches at Home
Issue   |   Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:11
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Kelsey Chen ‘19 put up a strong showing Saturday against Wesleyan.

This weekend, the Amherst women’s tennis team played against Wesleyan and Hamilton on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23. On Saturday, the 12th-ranked Mammoths fell to the sixth-ranked Cardinals 7-2, and on Sunday, the Amherst women celebrated senior day with a sweep of the Continentals. After the weekend, the Mammoths stand at 6-7 on the season and 4-3 in the NESCAC.

In the matchup against Little III rival Wesleyan, Amherst took one doubles win and one singles victory, but the Mammoths were unable to muster any other victories. In doubles play, Anya Ivenitsky ’20/Avery Wagman ’18 found success on the second court, defeating Dasha Dubinsky/Julia Kim, 8-3.

On the first court Camille Smukler ’20/Kelsey Chen ’19 were defeated 8-2 by reigning national singles champion Eudice Chong and her partner Victoria Yu. Claire Carpenter ’17/Megan Adamo ’17 were likewise unable to pull out a win on the third court, losing 8-3.

The sole purple and white singles victory came on the sixth court, where Wagman topped Dubinsky, 6-7, 7-6, 13-11. Smukler and Chen fell 6-1, 6-3 and 6-1, 7-5 on the first and second courts, respectively. On the third court, Ivenitsky lost to Aashli Budhiraja, 6-4, 6-0, and Adamo lfell to Helen Klass-Warch on court No. 4, 6-4, 7-5. The Cardinals claimed their last point of the day when Camilla Trapness ’19 lost a tight match to Nicole McCann on court No. 5, 7-5, 7-5.

On Sunday, the Mammoths returned home to celebrate their seniors, Adamo, Carpenter and Lola Fadulu against Hamilton. Smukler/Chen clinched a 9-7 victory on the first doubles court and Ivenitsky/Wagman won their match 8-1. The senior duo of Adamo/Carpenter completed the Mammoths’ doubles sweep, posting an 8-0 shutout victory.

In singles play, Ivenitsky edged Claire Keyte 7-5, 6-2 on the first court and Trapness came out on top in a 6-2, 7-5 match against Winnie Tang on the second court. On court No. 3, Adamo posted a 6-2, 6-0 win, and Jen Chen beat Iona Forrester on court No. 4, 6-1, 6-0. In spots No. 5 and 6, Wagman and Carpenter powered past their competition, each winning in consecutive 6-0 sets.

“We lost a tough match to Wesleyan on Saturday,” Wagman said. “They were a very strong team, but everyone fought hard in both singles and doubles. After losing Saturday, it was nice to end the weekend on a high note by beating Hamilton on senior day!”

The Mammoths will wrap up their regular season play on Saturday, April 29 when they travel to face No. 3 Middlebury College. The match is slated to begin at 1 p.m.