Amherst Wins Sixth Straight NESCAC Title with 5-0 Win Over Ephs

2010 NESCAC Champs
The 2009-10 Amherst women's tennis team won the program's sixth straight
outright NESCAC Championship with a 5-0 sweep over Williams.

AMHERST, MA – The No. 2 seeded and ranked Amherst College women’s tennis team won its sixth straight NESCAC Championship this afternoon with a 5-0 sweep of top-seeded and top-ranked archrival Williams College. The Lord Jeffs swept the three doubles matches, before winning the first two singles matches to win the 2010 NESCAC Championship.

In doubles play, Amherst’s number three pairing of Caroline Richman (Pacific Palisades, CA) and Carlissa King (Bayside, NY) set the tone for the day with an 8-5 win, putting Amherst up 1-0. Moments later, Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA) and Jill Wexler (Beverly, MA) closed out their win over Kristin Alotta and Nicole Reich by the same 8-5 score. Completing the sweep with an 8-3 win at number one was the pairing of Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) and Laura Danzig (Allendale, NY).

In singles action, Danzig ousted Kristin Alotta 6-4, 6-3 at number two singles to put Amherst on the verge of the upset. Finishing off the sweep at number three singles was Carlissa King, who held off Nicole Reich 6-4 in the second set after winning the opening frame in dominant 6-1 fashion.

When the match was halted after King’s clinching victory, Berckes sat deadlocked at 3-3 with Grace Baljon in the second set after winning the first frame 7-6 in a tiebreaker. At number four singles, Jill Wexler battled back to send her match against Lucy Marchese to a third set. Marchese won the first set for Williams 6-2, but Wexler took the second 7-5, before playing to a 1-1 score in the third.

At number five singles, Williams’ Nancy Worley topped Natasha Brown 6-3 in the first set, and held a 2-1 lead in the second as the match came to a close. In the sixth and final singles bout, Eph Caroline Capute cruised to a 6-0 first set win over Laken King (Bayside, NY), before seeing her Amherst opponent return the favor with a 6-1 win in set two. The two players were knotted up 3-3 in the third set when the match was decided.

With the win, Amherst improves to 17-2, while also avenging a 6-3 loss to Williams from three weeks ago. The Ephs fall to 18-3 with the loss after dropping a match to a NESCAC opponent for the first time this year.

Singles competition
1. Grace Baljon (WIL) vs. Brittany Berckes (AMH) 6-7, 3-3, unfinished
2. Laura Danzig (AMH) def. Kristin Alotta (WIL) 6-4, 6-3
3. Carlissa King (AMH) def. Nicole Reich (WIL) 6-1, 6-4
4. Lucy Marchese (WIL) vs. Jill Wexler (AMH) 6-2, 5-7, 1-1, unfinished
5. Nancy Worley (WIL) vs. Natasha Brown (AMH) 6-3, 2-1, unfinished
6. Caroline Capute (WIL) vs. Laken King (AMH) 6-0, 1-6, 3-3, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Brittany Berckes/Laura Danzig (AMH) def. Grace Baljon/Taylor French (WIL) 8-3
2. Natasha Brown/Jill Wexler (AMH) def. Kristin Alotta/Nicole Reich (WIL) 8-5
3. Caroline Richman/Carlissa King (AMH) def. Lucy Marchese/Caroline Capute (WIL) 8-5