Brewer, Devlin Win Middlebury's Gail Smith Tournament
Jordan Brewer '14 (left) and Gabby Devlin '14 (right) didn't lose a match at the Gail Smith Doubles Tournament.
MIDDLEBURY, VT – Jordan Brewer ’14 (Woodland Hills, CA) and Gabby Devlin ’14 (McLean, VA) went unbeaten in the fourth annual Gail Smith Doubles Classic to lead the Amherst College women’s tennis team this past weekend at Middlebury College.
Thirty doubles teams from five schools competed in the tournament, honoring long-time Middlebury coach and administrator Gail Smith. Women's duos from Amherst, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Rochester and Skidmore took part in the tournament, as well as some open duos.
Eight round-robin draws were held, several of them boasting the names of former Panther women's tennis coaches. One team emerged from each draw into the championship round, while the other squads continued round-robin play all weekend.
After emerging from the Gail Smith Draw with a 2-0 record in round-robin play, Brewer and Devlin defeated an open duo and a team from Bowdoin to advance to the finals. Facing Middlebury’s Brittney Faber and Leah Kepping in the title match, the Lord Jeffs emerged as champions with a convincing 8-1 result in what was a rematch of the ITA Regional Championship semifinals.
In the semifinals, Kepping and Faber defeated Amherst’s Natasha Brown ’11 (Woodland Hills, CA) and Laura Danzig ’12 (Allendale, NY), 9-7. Kepping and Faber had also knocked out Amherst’s Carlissa King ’11 (Bayside, NY) and Caroline Richman ’13 (Pacific Palisades, CA) in the previous round, 8-5. Brown and Danzig had advanced out of the Helen Motter Draw with a 3-0 round-robin record, followed by an 8-5 win over Bowdoin’s Emma Lewis and Chantalle Lavertu. King and Richman emerged out of the Sandy Spring Draw at 3-0.
Also advancing past the initial round-robin play were Zoe Pangalos ’14 (New York, NY) and Isabel Camacho ’14 (New York, NY), who posted a 3-0 mark in the Joan Grenier Draw before falling to a pair from Bowdoin.
The Lord Jeffs will return to action this weekend when they help host the three-day New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament.