Top-ranked Amherst eases past No. 28 Bates in conference matchup
AMHERST, Mass. -- Top-ranked Amherst remained unbeaten against Division III opponents on Wednesday, cruising to an 8-1 home win against No. 28 Bates. Improving to 6-0 in NESCAC play (13-1 overall), the Jeffs swept doubles play and clinched the match win with four straight-set triumphs in singles.
Amherst had little trouble with the Bobcats (5-8, 1-3 NESCAC) at second and third doubles as No. 2 duo Caroline Richman and Safi Aly powered past Bates’ Nicole Russell and Kristen Doerer 8-2 before Sarah Monteagudo and Isabel Camacho finished off Jacquelyn Holmes and Jenna Burke 8-3. The Bobcats’ top pair of Elena Mandzhukova and Ashley Brunk provided a stronger challenge to juniors Gabby Devlin and Zoe Pangalos, but the Jeffs were too strong, completing the sweep with an 8-5 win.
Amherst sealed the match victory quickly in singles play as Monteagudo breezed past Brunk 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 and Lauren Slutsky downed Audrey Grauer in the fives contest 6-3, 6-0. Lara Min kept the shutout going with a 6-2, 6-4 win against Doerer at No. 6 while Camacho stopped Russell 6-4, 6-3 at fourth singles.
In the two matches to reach a tiebreaker, Richman stepped into the No. 1 spot and held off Mandzhukova 6-1, 4-6, 10-6, but Bates picked up its lone point in the day’s most dramatic contest as Aly moved up to No. 2 for Amherst, but could not stop a strong comeback from Holmes, falling 4-6, 6-4, 11-9.