The top-ranked women’s basketball team is off to a fast start with four decisive wins in their opening games, asserting themselves as the team to beat coming off their first-ever NCAA national championship last season.

After capturing its third NESCAC crown and first-ever National Championship last season, the women’s basketball team is entering the 2011-2012 season with one clear goal. Repeat.

Riding a 19-game win streak and 49-game home win streak into the season, the Jeffs begin their title defense as the No. 1 ranked Div. III NCAA basketball team in the nation, opening play against Norwich University this Saturday in LeFrak Gymnasium.

After a successful ITA/Regional Championship tournament at Williams, the top- ranked men’s tennis team officially began its defending its title in Baltimore on Oct. 8 with a well-earned 6-3 dual match win over 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins.

After winning the singles draw of the ITA/Regional Championship earlier this fall, sophomore Joey Fritz came from behind to defeat Hopkins’ Andy Hersch 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 1 singles match. At No. 2 singles, Mark Kahan ’13 also needed three sets to snag the win, eventually upending Tanner Brown 6-0, 4-6, 6-2.

As the women’s fall tennis season comes to an end, sophomore Jordan Brewer and senior Laura Danzig must be feeling pretty good about themselves. After three tournaments and a dual match this fall, the doubles tandem emerged perfect, posting a sterling 11-0 record. They most recently captured the New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) title this past weekend.

The weekend before, the duo won the fifth-annual Gail Smith Doubles Tournament at Middlebury, after having notched an ITA/Regional Doubles Tournament win this season.

After opening their season with a 3-6 loss to Williams, the women’s tennis team looked to rebound with a strong performance at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Tournament last weekend.

The Lady Jeffs headed to Bates for the event, which was unique in that each player competed individually, instead of as part of the team. After the departure of six key seniors from last year’s national runner-up squad, Amherst hoped to use the weekend as an indicator of how well they should match up against their NESCAC and Div. III rivals this year.