10/4/96

Women's Tennis Edges out UMass under Night Skies

Darkness had already fallen before the cross-town rivals had settled their women's tennis face-off. Laura Keith '99 (Wayzata, MN) was tied with Marie-Christine Caron at one set a piece when they started a grueling third set. In the end, Keith prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 to seal Amherst victory, 5-3.

The No. 1 singles match between Pam Diamond '99 (Trumbull, CT) and Ola Gezisomanvia had to be called off in the second set since neither player could see the ball. However, the tough-nosed play of Neely Steinberg '99 (Concord, MA) and Co-Captain Susanne Santola '97 (Summit, NJ) lead the team with their double-wins in both singles and doubles against the Minutewomen. Keith and Santola are still undefeated in singles play, while the team of Diamond-Steinberg is 6-0 in doubles.

Amherst (6-0) 5
UMass (3-1) 3

Singles: A Pam Diamond-UM Ola Gezisomanvia suspended because of darkness
A Laura Keith defeated UM Marie-Christine Caron, 6-3, 3-6, 6-4
UM Jackie Braunstein defeated A Ting Yu, 6-3, 6-3
A Neely Steinberg defeated UM Noelle Orsini, 6-1, 6-1
A Susanne Santola defeated UM Caroline Steele, 6-2, 6-3
UM Liz Durant defeated A Sam Toerge, 7-6, 6-0

Doubles: UM Gezisomanvia-Steele defeated A Keith-Yu, 8-4
A Diamond-Steinberg defeated UM Caron-Orsini, 8-4
A Santola-Toerge defeated UM Braunstein-Lana Gorodetskaya, 8-2