Amherst cruises past Washington (Mo.) into national semifinals once again
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Top-ranked Amherst punched its ticket to a fifth consecutive national semifinal with a decisive 5-1 victory against No. 12 Washington (Mo.) at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich.
Reaching the 20-win plateau for the fourth time in five years, Amherst improved to 20-2 on the season and will face No. 2 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, which defeated No. 8 Chicago (5-1), in Tuesday’s semifinal match slated for 8:30 a.m. ET. Appearing in just their second national quarterfinal, the Bears closed out 2012-13 with a 16-8 overall record.
Winning third doubles by walkover, Safi Aly and Caroline Richman staked the Jeffs to an early advantage. Extending the Amherst lead, Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin cruised to an 8-0 sweep of Kate Klein and Hanna Newstadt at first doubles.
Moving to 19-3 on the season, the Purple & White’s top tandem has dropped just five games in three NCAA tournament matches this season. Putting Wash. U on the board, Aly Coran and Jamie Silverberg dispatched of Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos at No. 2, dropping the duo to 19-9 on the year.
Earning another walkover win at sixth singles, Pangalos inched Amherst closer to victory. Brewer and Richman kept the Jeffs rolling with a pair of 6-0 first set victories at first and fourth singles, respectively. Devlin followed suit with a 6-1 first set triumph at No. 5, while Newman and Sue Ghosh took the first frames from their Bear counterparts at second and third singles by scores of 6-3 and 6-2.
Closing in on the victory, Brewer completed the sweep at No. 1 with a 6-0, 6-0, triumph over Silverberg. Not to be outdone, Richman closely followed with a 6-0, 6-0, match-clinching shutout of Newstadt. Devlin was ahead of senior Paige Madara 6-1, 5-0, when the match was suspended, while Newman trailed Klein in the second set, 2-1. Ghosh pulled in front of Coran, 6-2, 1-0, at third singles at the time of completion.