Amherst Wins Two Titles at 2010 Eastern Championships

WEST POINT, NY  - The Amherst College women’s tennis team traveled to the campus of Army this weekend to compete in the 2010 Eastern Championships against opposition from Divisions I, II and III. Amherst’s lineup was split into doubles and singles brackets as individuals, with a number of Lord Jeff’s fairing very well despite the tough matchups. The Jeffs took home a pair of titles, including the Flight C Singles and Flight B Doubles crowns.

Amherst rookie Jordan Brewer (Woodland Hills, CA) was seeded seventh overall, and slotted into the Flight A Singles bracket. Brewer picked up a win over Bowdoin’s Kellen Albeiston 6-2, 3-6, 10-8, before ousting Bryant’s Claudia Hidalgo 6-2, 6-2. In the Quarterfinal Round, Stonybrook’s Nini Lagvilava ended Brewer’s run with a straight set result.

Amherst junior Laura Danzig (Allendale, NJ) played in the Flight B Singles bracket where she topped Lucy Bird from Bryant 6-2, 6-3, and Erin McCarthy from Marist 6-1, 6-0, before falling to Stonybrook’s Prerana Appineni 6-3, 6-2 in the Quarterfinal Round on Saturday.

First-year Gabby Devlin (McLean, VA) made a run from not being seeded at all, to winning the Flight C Singles bracket. During the weekend, Devlin topped players from Stonybrook, UConn, Army, and West Virginia University, before gutting out a 7-5, 6-4 win over Quinnipiac’s Julie Labarthe for the win.

First-year Lauren Slutsky (Palm City, FL) made a run all the way to the Semifinal Round of the Flight D Singles bracket. After receiving a default win in the opening round, Slutsky topped Army’s Kari Pope 6-1, 6-3, and Stonybrook’s Salome Mkervalidze to reach the semis. Slutsky’s journey was ended with a three-set loss to Melis Tanik from West Virginia.

In notable doubles action, Amherst’s Mimi Bell (Cleveland, OH) and Jen Newman (Haverford, PA) won the Flight B Doubles bracket. Out of the number four seed spot, Bell and Newman took out opposition from Fordham, Hofstra, Bucknell, Army and UMass for the title.

Additionally, Amherst’s Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, CA) and Caroline Richman (Pacific Palisades, CA) paired to make a run to the semifinals of the Flight A Doubles bracket in a field that included just one other Division III tandem. Brown and Richman knocked off opponents from Marist, St. John’s and Long Island University befroe falling to a pairing from Fordham.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action next Saturday for their lone dual match of the fall, taking on archrival Williams College at home.