CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Amherst will make its sixth consecutive national semifinal appearance thanks to a decisive 5-1 victory against Carnegie Mellon at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.
Having dropped just one match since March 18, the Jeffs (21-3) extended their win streak to 12 while setting up a showdown against archrival Williams, who defeated NESCAC-rival Bowdoin 5-0 in one of the evening’s other quarterfinals. Winning two of the three meetings against the Ephs this season, Amherst is 2-3 all-time against Williams in NCAA play.
Staking the Purple & White to an early advantage, Safi Aly and Sarah Monteagudo dispatched of Brooke Tsu and Lydia Utkin at third doubles 8-5. Handing the ITA Northeast Region’s top doubles pairing just their second loss of the season, Katie Cecil and Bryn Raschke tripped up Jordan Brewer and Gabby Devlin 8-5. Jen Newman and Zoe Pangalos got Amherst back on track with a hard-fought 9-7 triumph against Angela Pratt and Nicholle Torres at second doubles.
At first singles, Brewer trailed Pratt 6-3, 2-6, 2-0 when play was halted. Devlin led Cecil 6-2, 5-2, while Pangalos was ahead of Elizabeth Martin 7-5, 1-4.
Tuesday’s semifinal against Williams is set for 6 p.m. ET.