Berckes and Danzig Win 2009 NEWITTs
The NEWITT Tournament uses a unique format, in which teammates play a doubles set, followed by two singles matches against a common pair of opposition for a total of three points to determine which pairing will advance in the bracket. Berckes and Danzig entered the tournament as the top overall seed, and received a bye in the Round of 64.
In their first match of the tournament, the Lord Jeff pair defeated Middlebury's third team of Aleigh McAtee and Hilary Cunningham 3-0. In the Round of 16, Berckes and Danzig topped Bowdoin's Brett Davis and Nikki Kuna 3-0, setting up a matchup against Williams' second team.
In the quartefinal match, Amherst edged their 7th-seeded archrivals Nikki Reich and Taylor French 2-1 to earn a spot in the semifinal round. In the semi, Berckes and Danzig finally ran up against a top entry from a school in Middlebury's fifth-seeded pairing of Tori Aiello and Jamie Haar 3-0.
In the final this afternoon, Berckes and Danzig took on MIT's Leslie Hansen and Anastasia Vishnevetsky. In the doubles match, the Amherst pairing won with a commanding 8-2 score over the Engineers. In the singles matches, Berckes edged Hansen 7-6, 7-5, and Danzig topped Vishnevetsky 6-0, 6-3 to give the Lord Jeffs the title.
Paul and Kim also received a bye in the Round of 64, before topping teams from Smith, Bates, Brandeis and Bowdoin all 3-0 to punch a ticket for the finals. The Amherst pair squared off against Caroline Capute and Veranika Li from Williams in the finals. The Eph pairing ended Amherst's bid for a sweep of both flights, taking the doubles match 8-3, before Capute edged Paul 6-0, 6-1 and Li topped Kim 6-1, 6-1.
Berckes and Danzig have now won back-to-back tournaments after winning the three-day Gail Smith Doubles Tournament at Middlebury last weekend. Amherst will not play again this fall, and will open the spring schedule during spring break.
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