Jeffs Shut Out No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - Bouncing back from a heart-breaking loss to No. 4 Emory in the national semifinals, the top-ranked Amherst women’s tennis team closed out its 2012-13 season with a decisive 5-0 win over No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA consolation match at Kalamazoo College’s Markin Center.
Kicking off doubles action, Safi Aly ’15 and Caroline Richman ’13 scored a lopsided 8-1 win over Chloe Dobbert ’14 and Yvonne Likomanova ’16 at No. 3. Rebounding from just their second loss to a Division III opponent, Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 extended the Amherst lead with an 8-6 victory over Kristin Lim ’13 and Caroline Ward ’16 at the top of the doubles lineup.
The only Jeff tandem to pick up a doubles point in yesterday’s 5-4 loss to the Eagles, Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14 kept the Purple & White rolling, dispatching of Sarah Kukino ’15 and Crystal Lim ’14 in the second spot, 8-5. Ranked ninth in the ITA’s northeast region, the Amherst duo finished the season with a 20-9 overall record.
Headlining singles action, Brewer made quick work of Kristin Lim, winning the first set, 6-1, before taking the second, 6-2. Playing in the individual singles tournament which begins tomorrow, Brewer is now 17-8 on the year and will also compete alongside Devlin in the individual doubles championship which the pair won as first-years in 2011.
Clinching the match, Sue Ghosh ’16 downed Crystal Lim, 6-1, 6-3. Putting the wraps on a stellar rookie season, Ghosh upped her rookie record to 17-8. Newman led Ward 6-4, 3-2, at second singles when the match was suspended, while Richman was ahead of Kukino, 6-3, 0-1 in the fourth slot. With the match moved inside due to rain, Devlin and Pangalos did not begin their contests against Dobbert and Likomanova at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
Reaching the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in five years, Amherst tied a program record for wins (21) set in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Entering Kalamazoo with an unblemished mark, CMS finished its season with a 30-2 overall ledger.