Jeffs Fall in Day One of Singles, Doubles Tournaments
Friday’s results mark the end of an exceptional year for the Amherst women’s tennis team, which advanced to Thursday’s national title match and finished with a remarkable 21-2 record. In addition to making a fourth appearance in the NCAA finals, the Lord Jeffs claimed a fifth consecutive NESCAC crown.
Leading the team as the top singles and doubles player was Berckes, who this year earned her third consecutive Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America honor in doubles play. On Friday she had her singles season come to an end with a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Katie Tabb of Washington & Lee, before she and Brown suffered a 6-4, 6-2 loss to Tabb and Lauren Carie.
Brown will share ITA All-America honors with Berckes to go along with the All-NESCAC Second Team nod they received earlier this year. The Amherst pair earned the #3 seed in the NCAA doubles tournament but was unable to bring home a third consecutive national title for the school, as Berckes and Alicia Menezes ’08 took home the 2007 and 2008 crowns.
Also competing in the singles tournament was King, who joined Berckes and Brown on this year’s All-NESCAC Team. Ranked #8 in the Northeast by the ITA, King posted a 14-4 record this year while spending most her time in the #2 slot. On Friday King’s impressive sophomore season ended with a 6-3, 6-2 setback to Paige Sumida of the University of Redlands.
For results from the 2009 NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Team and Individual Championships, visit the Amherst Championship Website.
NCAA Singles Championship Round of 32
Katie Tabb (Washington & Lee) def. Brittany Berckes (Amherst) 6-0, 6-1
Paige Sumida (Redlands) def. Carlissa King (Amherst) 6-3, 6-2
NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16
Katie Tabb/Lauren Carie (Washington & Lee) def. Brittany Berckes/Natasha Brown (Amherst) 6-4, 6-2