Amherst Rallies in Singles Play for 5-4 Win Over Bowdoin

Amherst rookie Laura Danzig won the clinching match
against Bowdoin this afternoon.
AMHERST, MA – The 6th-ranked Amherst College women’s tennis team rallied in singles play this afternoon to pick-up a come-from behind win over 18th-ranked NESCAC rival Bowdoin College. The Polar Bears held a 2-1 edge after doubles play, but the Lord Jeff singles line-up rallied to lift Amherst to the 5-4 win.

With the victory, Amherst avenged a 5-4 loss to Bowdoin in last year’s NCAA Tournament Third Round, and improves to 9-1 this year. The Polar Bears looked primed for the upset once again this afternoon, taking close victories in the number one and two doubles matches, while Amherst’s Anuja Ankola (Scarsdale, NY) and Mimi Bell (Cleveland, OH) cruised to an 8-1 win in number three doubles.

Amherst quickly responded to the deficit it faced after doubles play, with Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA), Laken King (Laurelton, NY) and Bell rolling to a trio of commanding singles wins in bouts three, four and five. Bell dropped just one game to Hannah Hoerner, while Brown dropped two games to Rachel Waldman, and Bowdoin’s Charlotte Hitch stole just three games off King.

With Amherst’s Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) missing her second straight match, the Lord Jeffs were forced to move around their line-up to adjust for their top player sitting. Carlissa King (Laurelton, NY) played well in the top singles match, but fell to Bowdoin’s Sarah D’Elia 6-4, 6-3. The result at number one closed the Amherst lead to just 4-3, with the number two and six matches still playing.

Amherst first-year Laura Danzig (Allendale, NJ) pulled out the clinching win for Amherst in the number six match, rallying back from a set down against Stephanie Langer. After dropping the first set 4-6, Danzig rolled to close out the win 6-1, 6-2 and hand Amherst the victory. Half an hour later, junior Jill Wexler (Beverly, MA) dropped a three-set marathon to Emily Lombardi, to punch in the final score at 5-4 in Amherst’s favor.

The Lord Jeffs have very little time to recover before heading to Tufts on Tuesday afternoon for another NESCAC match-up.

Amherst 5 : Bowdoin 4 ~ Amherst, Mass ~ Sunday, April 05, 2009

1) D’Elia/Lonbardi (B) def. C. King/Brown (A) 9-7
2) Waldman/Hitch (B) def. Wexler/Danzig (A) 9-8 [7-5]
3) Ankola/Bell (A) def. Langer/Hoerner (B) 8-1
1) Sarah D’Elia (B) def. Carlissa King (A) 6-4, 6-3
2) Emily Lombardi (B) def. Jill Wexler (A) 7-6 [7-5], (0-6), 6-4
3) Natasha Brown (A) def. Rachel Waldman (B) 6-1, 6-1
4) Laken King (A) def. Charlotte Hitch (B) 6-0, 6-3
5) Mimi Bell (A) def, Hannah Hoerner (B) 6-1, 6-0
6) Laua Danzig (A) def. Stephanie Langer (B) (4-6), 6-1, 6-2