Courtesy of Amherst Sports Information
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – After Amherst women's tennis took a 2-1 lead in doubles, Jackie Bukzin posted a 6-3, 6-2 victory at No. 1 singles to help the Mammoths secure the 5-2 victory over Tufts in quarterfinal action of the 2019 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Friday afternoon.
Amherst advances to the semifinals of the tournament and will take on top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday, May 4. The Panthers received a bye on the first day and entered the championship with an undefeated conference record while the Mammoths boasted a 5-3 mark in the NESCAC.
Juniors Camille Smukler and Anya Ivenitsky nabbed the first victory on the day from No. 2 singles defeated the Tufts duo of Otilia Popa and Tomo Iwasaki, 8-3. Anya Ramras and Maddie Dewire were able to win the second match with an identical score of 8-3 at No. 3 doubles. Bukzin and Kelsey Chen were the final Mammoths competing in doubles, forcing a tiebreaker at No. 1 but ultimately falling 8-7 (7-5).
Leading by one point heading to singles, Ivenitsky defeated Caroline Garrido in straight sets, 6-3, 6-2. Smukler increased Amherst's lead to 4-1 after grabbing a three-set triumph over Iwasaki at No. 1 (2-6, 6-3, 6-2) before the Jumbos earned a point with a 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 3 from Patricia Obeid.
Bukzin solidified the win after taking down Maggie Dorr at No. 1 (6-3, 6-2), ending the day and launching the Mammoths into the semifinals.