Fritz, Brewer, Devlin Claim Individual Singles and Doubles Championships

Joey FritzContact: Ben Badua

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – Amherst’s Joey Fritz ’14 captured the men’s individual singles title, while Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 won their third women’s doubles crown as the Jeffs’ men’s and women’s tennis teams closed out the 2014 NCAA individual championships in Claremont, Calif.

The tournament’s second-seeded player, Fritz began play on Thursday morning with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Skyler Butts. In the round of 16, he downed Carnegie Mellon’s Abhishek Alla, 6-4, 6-2, before scoring a 6-3, 6-0 quarterfinal victory over Emory’s Eric Halpern. Punching his ticket to the title tilt, he handled CMS’ Nikolas Marino, 6-4, 6-1.

Drawing the Stags’ top-seeded Warren Wood in today’s final, Fritz hoped to duplicate Wednesday’s national championship clinching win at first singles. Taking the first set, 6-2, he cruised to a 6-1 triumph in the second to lock up the singles crown. Over the course of his illustrious four-year career, Fritz has racked up a 68-22 overall record.

Teaming up with Justin Reindel ’16 in the doubles tournament, Amherst’s duo saw their impressive run come to an end with a loss in this afternoon’s semifinals. Beginning the tournament with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-1 victory over Johns Hopkins’ Michael Buxbaum and Emerson Walsh, the Jeffs advanced to the semis by virtue of a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 decision over Whittier’s David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer.  Avenging an 8-5 pro-set loss to the Jeffs’ top tandem on Apr. 12, Bates’ Timmy Berg and Pierre Blanche ousted Fritz and Reindel, 6-2, 7-5.

The tournament’s second seed, Brewer and Devlin started their quest for a third doubles title with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Washington-St. Louis’ Rebecca Ho and Corinne Rauck. Cruising to a quarterfinal victory over Chapman’s Rachel Fox and Andrew Hammer, 6-1, 6-1, Amherst drew fourth-seeded Gabrielle Clark and Michelle Satterfield of Emory.

Having won a pro-set to the Eagles’ tandem just days earlier in the women’s team national championship (8-5), Brewer and Devlin fell in the first set, 6-2. Rallying for a 6-4 win in the second, Amherst’s duo completed the comeback with an identical 6-4 count in the final frame.

Facing CMS’ Katie Kuosman and Caroline Ward in the final, the Jeffs once again had to come from behind. Losing the first set, 6-2, Amherst took the second 6-3. Already ahead 5-1 in the third frame, Brewer and Devlin stood on the verge of claiming a third national title. Down 40-15, Kuosman and Ward hoped to delay the Jeffs’ celebration fighting back to 40-40, but consecutive errors, including a volley that dropped just wide right sealed the championship.

Winning the individual doubles titles as first-years in 2010-11, Brewer and Devlin also captured the crown during the 2012-13 campaign. In 2011-12, Devlin won the national title with former Jeff Laura Danzig ’12 as an Amherst duo has captured the women’s doubles crown in each of the last four years. Together, Brewer and Devlin posted a 36-2 mark during their senior season.

Narrowly missing out on also winning a singles championship, Brewer suffered an elimination loss to Clark in the championship match. Seeded third in the field of 32, she posted a 6-2, 6-2 first round win over Washington-St. Louis’ Jamie Silverberg. After a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Lindsey Liles of Sewanee, she edged out Middlebury’s Ria Gerger, 6-4, 6-4. Handing Williams’ Kathleen Elkins a 6-2, 6-3 loss, Brewer ran into the top-seeded Clark, who stopped her Amherst counterpart, 6-2, 6-1.

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