Amherst wins NCAA consolation match, blanking Claremont-Mudd-Scripps 5-0
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Bouncing back from a loss to Emory in the national semifinals, Amherst closed out its 2012-13 season with a decisive 5-0 win against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the NCAA consolation match at Kalamazoo College’s Markin Center.
Kicking off doubles action, sophomore Safi Aly and senior Caroline Richman scored a lopsided 8-1 win against junior Chloe Dobbert and freshman Yvonne Likomanova at No. 3. Rebounding from just their second loss to a Division III opponent, juniors Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin extended the Amherst lead with an 8-6 victory against senior Kristin Lim and freshman Caroline Ward at the top of the doubles lineup.
The only Jeff tandem to pick up a doubles point in Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Eagles, juniors Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos kept the Purple & White rolling, dispatching sophomore Sarah Kukino and junior Crystal Lim in the second spot 8-5. They finished the season with a 20-9 overall record.
Headlining singles action, Brewer made quick work of Kristin Lim, winning the first set 6-1, before taking the second 6-2. Playing in the individual singles tournament which begins Thursday, Brewer is now 17-8 on the year and will also compete alongside Devlin in the individual doubles championship, which the pair won as freshmen in 2011.
Clinching the match, senior Sue Ghosh downed Crystal Lim 6-1, 6-3. Putting the wraps on a solid rookie season, Ghosh upped her rookie record to 17-8. Ward led Newman 6-4, 3-2, at second singles when the match was suspended, while Kukino was ahead of Richman 6-3, 0-1 in the fourth slot. After the match moved inside due to rain, Devlin and Pangalos did not begin their contests against Dobbert and Likomanova at fifth and sixth singles.
Reaching the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in five years, Amherst tied a program record for wins (21) set in 2008-09 and 2009-10. Entering Kalamazoo with an unblemished mark, CMS finished its season with a 30-2 overall record.