Amherst Defeats Tufts in NESCAC Semifinals, 5-2

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The top-seeded Amherst College women’s tennis team battled with fourth-seeded Tufts University for a 5-2 win in the NESCAC Championship semifinals to earn a spot in tomorrow’s conference title match against host Williams.

Amherst, which has defeated Williams in each of the past three conference finals and has claimed each title outright since 2005, will take on the Ephs Sunday at 1 p.m.  

Julia Browne and Meghan McCooey, two of the region’s top players, paired up at court one to defeat Amherst’s top pair of Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) and Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA). The Lord Jeffs took the bottom two doubles matches for the 2-1 advantage heading into singles play, winning by narrow margins of 8-6 in both courts.

Browne continued to contribute for Tufts at court one, winning against Berckes, 6-3, 6-3, but the bottom of the Amherst lineup proved to be to tough today as the Lord Jeffs tallied wins at courts four, five and six. Sophomore Laken King (Laurelton, NY) lost only one game in a dominant showing at court five over Edwina Stewart, 6-0, 6- 1. Brown took a first-set tiebreak before cruising to a 6-1 second set, while Amelia Bell (Cleveland, OH) was solid in a 6-3, 6-3 win in court six.

No. 1 Amherst def. No. 4 Tufts, 5-2
Doubles
1) Browne/McCooey (T) def. Berckes/Brown (A), 8-3
2) Ankola/Bell (A) def. Stewart/Lavet (T), 8-6
3) Danzig/Wexler (A) def. Miller/LaCara (T), 8-6

Singles
1) Julia Browne (T) def. Brittany Berckes (A) 6-3, 6-3
2) Meghan McCooey (T) vs. Carlissa King (A) 6-2, 4-6
3) Erica Miller (T) led Jill Wexler (A) 6-1, 4-6, 4-2
4) Natasha Brown (A) def. Alex CauJenn LaCara (T) 7-6(4), 6-1
5) Laken King (A) def. Edwina Stewart (T) 6-0, 6-1
6) Amelia Bell (A) def. Natalie Schils (T) 6-3, 6-3

2009 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship
First Round - Friday, May 1
No. 3 Middlebury def. No. 6 Trinity, 5-1
No. 4 Tufts def. No. 5 Bowdoin, 5-0

Semifinals - Saturday, May 2
No. 1 Amherst def. No. 4 Tufts, 5-2
No. 2 Williams def. No. 3 Middlebury, 5-0

Finals - Sunday, May 3
No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 2 Williams - 1 p.m.