Amherst Wins Singles and Doubles Titles at ITA Championships

Doubles Champs Brewer and Devlin Amherst
First-years Gabby Devlin (left) and Jordan Brewer paired to win the
ITA Regional doubles title in their first action for Amherst.

WELLESLEY, MA – The Amherst College women's tennis team stole the show at the 2010 USTA/ITA Small College Regional Championship by winning the singles and doubles titles. Jordan Brewer ’14 (Woodland Hills, CA) cruised through the singles bracket before teaming up with fellow newcomer Gabby Devlin ’14 (McLean, VA) to claim the doubles crown.

Hosted by Babson and Wellesley colleges, the Regional Championship featured 64 of New England’s top singles players and 32 of the top doubles pairings. Brewer became the first Lord Jeff to win the regional singles tournament since Alicia Menezes ’08 accomplished the feat as a first-year in 2005. Menezes also won the doubles tournament that year with Rachel Holt ’05. Amherst has won five of the past seven doubles titles in the ITA Regional Championship.

Brewer made her presence felt in her first collegiate action, losing a combined three games in her first four matches to storm into the semifinal round. Facing Tufts University’s Julia Browne—the defending NCAA Singles Champion—in the semifinals, Brewer earned a spot in the title match with a 6-2, 6-3 win over the Jumbo star.

Brewer’s final win of the tournament was equally impressive, as she lost only two games to the defending ITA New England singles and doubles champion, Kristin Alotta of Williams College. Brewer won her first set, 6-2, and held the Eph scoreless in the second, 6-0.

It was nearly an Amherst-Amherst matchup in the finals of the singles tournament, but Alotta defeated Lord Jeff junior Laura Danzig (Allendale, NY) in the semifinals, 6-2, 6-2. Danzig didn’t drop a single set in her first three matches, advancing to the quarterfinals with wins over opponents from UMass Boston (6-1, 6-0), Bowdoin (7-6, 7-5) and Wheaton (6-4, 6-0). Danzig suffered a 6-0 loss in the first set of her quarterfinal match with Nancy Worley of Williams, but she rallied to win the next two sets, 7-5 and 6-3.

The title match of the doubles tournament featured four Lord Jeffs, with Brewer and Devlin taking on Danzig and Natasha Brown ’11 (Woodland Hills, CA). Brown and Danzig were the No. 2 seed, but it was the fifth-seeded first-years who earned an 8-3 win in the finals. In the semifinals, Brewer and Devlin upset the top seed, Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping of Middlebury. Brown and Danzig knocked off the No. 4 seed in the semifinals, Alotta and Nicole Reich of Williams.

Also excelling for Amherst in the singles tournament was sixth-seeded Carlissa King ’11 (Bayside, NY), who won three matches before falling to Browne of Tufts. King opened her weekend with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Cassie Smith of Conn. College, followed by a 7-6(4), 6-1 victory over Kathleen Elkins of Williams. King kept rolling with a 6-4, 6-1 result against Catherine Teague of Wheaton, but her run would end in the quarterfinals, 6-4, 6-1.

Winning two matches for Amherst was Laken King ’11 (Bayside, NY), who ultimately fell in the Round of 16 to Alotta, the tournament’s No. 2 seed. Laken won her first two matches in straight sets, defeating Wellesley’s Erica Choo in the first round (6-2, 6-1) and Colby’s Katie Muto in the second (6-3, 6-2). She was then handed a 7-5, 6-1 loss by Alotta.

Rounding out the Lord Jeffs in the singles tournament was Caroline Richman ’13 (Pacific Palisades, CA), who was knocked out after an outstanding second-round match. After getting past Trinity’s Jillian Steckloff in the opening round (6-4, 6-0), Richman took the first set from seventh-seeded Nicole Reich of Williams, 6-2. Reich came back to win the second set, 6-4, and closed things out in a super tiebreaker, 11-9.

Richman and Carlissa King also teamed up to post a 1-1 record in the doubles tournament. After cruising to an 8-1 win over Babson’s Rebecca Stone and Sarah Whitaker, the Lord Jeff duo suffered an 8-2 loss to sixth-seeded Faith Broderick and Rachel Rosman of Brandeis.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Friday, Sept. 24, when they kick off the three-day Eastern Championships at Army.