Jeffs Advance in NCAA Individual Championships

Joey FritzContact: Mike O'Brien


(Courtesy of CMS Sports Information)

(Courtesy of CMS Sports Information)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – Four members of the Amherst College men’s and women’s tennis teams competed in the NCAA Division III Individual Championships Thursday at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center, hosted by the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges.

A day after winning the 2014 national team championship, Joey Fritz ’14 of the men’s squad returned to the courts at 8:45 a.m. this morning for singles action in the Round of 32. The No. 2 seed faced off against Skyler Butts from the national runner-ups, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. After taking the first set, 6-4, Fritz clinched the match with a 6-3 win in the second frame to advance to the Round of 16.

Beginning at roughly 1 p.m., Fritz defeated Abhishek Alla of Carnegie Mellon by similar scores. The senior edged Alla in the first frame (6-4) before taking a decisive 6-2 win in the second. He advanced to the eight-player quarterfinal round tomorrow and will square off against Eric Halpern from Emory. The match is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.

Fritz also competed in doubles play alongside teammate Justin Reindel ’14. The duo took the court in the Round of 32 at 3 p.m. against Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh of Johns Hopkins. After falling in the first set, 6-4, the seniors retaliated with wins of 7-6 and 6-1, respectively, to advance to the quarterfinals. They will play Alex Johnston and Andrew Lebovitz of Middlebury starting at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

On the women’s side, fifth-seeded Gabby Devlin ’14 cruised past Lindsay Raulston of Mary Washington in the Round of 32. The three-time national doubles champion won by scores of 6-3 and 6-1. Classmate Jordan Brewer earned the No. 3 seed and started play shortly after. She faced Jamie Silverberg of Washington U.-St. Louis and cruised to consecutive 6-2 wins.

Devlin won easily in the Round of 16 as well when the senior defeated Courtney Lawless of Whitman with a 6-0 sweep in the first frame followed by a 6-3 win in set two. Brewer also won with ease in the second round, sweeping Lindsey Liles in the first set before clinching the match with a 6-2 win.

Devlin and Brewer are two of eight players to qualify for the quarterfinals. Devlin will play fourth-seeded Kara Shoemaker from Williams while Brewer will see Ria Gerger of Middlebury. Both matches are scheduled for 9 a.m. tomorrow.

In doubles play, the two-time national champions earned the No. 2 seed and defeated Rebecca Ho and Corinne Rauck of Washington U.-St. Louis by back-to-back scores of 6-3. They will play Rachel Fox and Andrea Hammer of Chapman at 4 p.m. tomorrow.