Jeffs Return to National Quarterfinals
Contact: Mike O'Brien
AMHERST, Mass. – Following a first round bye and sweeps over Endicott and No. 13 MIT, the second-ranked Amherst College women’s tennis team advanced to the NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Quarterfinals for the sixth consecutive season.
The Jeffs (20-3) are headed to Claremont, Calif. to compete in the ‘Elite Eight’ once again and are 5-0 in quarterfinal matches since 2009. Team competition begins Monday, May 19, with the individual singles and doubles championships slated for Thursday, May 22. Joining the Jeffs at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Biszantz Family Tennis Center are No. 7 Bowdoin, No. 8 Carnegie Mellon, No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, No. 1 Emory, No. 4 Johns Hopkins, No. 9 Washington University of St. Louis and No. 3 Williams.
Amherst will face No. 8 Carnegie Mellon at 9 p.m. Monday, May 19, with the winner advancing to face the winner of Williams and Bowdoin.
LIVE COVERAGE: Live stats will be available on all courts while action on courts 1-6 can be seen by here.
The Jeffs earned their 20th consecutive berth to the NCAA Championships and are 51-23 all-time in the national postseason tournament. In the last five seasons, Amherst has advanced to the finals twice and has reached the semifinals eight times in program history. They won the national championship in 1999 and finished as runner-up four times (2004, 2007, 2009, 2011).
STORY SO FAR
Amherst opened its 2013-14 dual-match campaign with a loss to No. 3 Williams (6-3) but has gone 20-2 since then and has avenged the early mishap with two wins over its archrival down the stretch, including a 5-1 win in the NESCAC Championship. The conference title marked the Purple & White’s ninth overall, capturing at least a share of the crown in nine of the past 11 seasons. The team’s three losses this year occurred against top-three Division III programs, No. 3 Williams and No. 1 Emory (8-1), as well as Division I Cal State Fullerton (5-4).
1. Jordan Brewer/Gabby Devlin
2. Jen Newman/Zoe Pangalos
3. Safi Aly/Sarah Monteagudo
1. Jordan Brewer
2. Gabby Devlin
3. Jen Newman
4. Sue Ghosh
5. Zoe Pangalos
6. Sarah Monteagudo
The Jeffs are led by two-time national doubles champions Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14. The senior pairing, ranked No. 1 in the ITA Northeast Region, are 30-1 this season from the No. 1 court and were named First Team All-NESCAC selections. In singles action Brewer is 13-4 in the top spot and is the second ranked player in the region, while Devlin holds the No. 3 ranking with a 15-2 mark from the No. 2 court.
Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14 have been terrific in No. 2 doubles and earned a spot on the all-conference second team. With a 14-6 mark, the senior duo rank No. 11 in the latest Northeast Regional rankings. In singles action, Newman looks to play the No. 3 spot and holds a 13-5 record in dual-match play this season. Pangalos has played the entire year from the No. 5 spot and is an impressive 11-3.
The No. 3 doubles team features to be Safi Aly ’15 and Sarah Monteagudo ’16. Aly and Monteagudo are 15-4 on the year and cruised to wins over Endicott (8-0) and No. 13 MIT (8-1) in the second and third rounds, respectively. Individually, Monteagudo claims the No. 6 court in singles but has seen time on the No. 2, No. 4 and No. 5 courts as well. She is 16-2 overall this season.
In other singles action, Sue Ghosh ’16 looks to occupy the No. 4 court. A 2014 All-NESCAC selection in just her second season with the Jeffs, Ghosh has a team-high 17 wins with only one loss.