Alicia Menezes '08, Brittany Berckes '10
Photo courtesy of Erik Andrews
Sophomore Zach Lerner advanced through the first two rounds of the NCAA Individual Championships.

Day One Results at the NCAA Individuals Tournaments

May 18, 2007

FREDERICKSBURG, VA & ST. LOUIS, MO - A quartet of top tennis players from Amherst College opened play this morning at the NCAA Championship Individuals Tournaments. Junior Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) and first-year Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) continue play at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA, while Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) and Tal Avrahami (Riverdale, NY) open play at the men's tournament at Wash. U of St. Louis.

Menezes squard off with Denison's Meghan Damico this morning, falling in a straight set heartbreaker. Damico tookthe first set 6-3, before winning the match in a second set tiebreaker, 7-6.

Menezes and Berckes paired to face Amanda St. Romana and Eliza Buys of Carthage this afternoon in the first round of the doubles competition, hoping to carry momentum off a strong performance at the team competition.

Lerner opened the men's singles tournament facing Aaron Sunday of St. Norbert College. Lerner, fought off five set-points from Sunday to force a tiebreaker. Lerner ultimately took the first set 7-6 in a 7-1 tiebreaker, before rolling to a 6-1 second set result. Lerner advances to face Swarthmore's John Reiss in the Round of 16 at noon.

In the Round of 16, Lerner carried momentum from his second set rout of Sunday, into another impressive 6-1 first set result over Reiss. Lerner advanced to the Round of 8, to be played tomorrow, with a second set decision of 6-4. Lener will play the winner of the match between Matt Seeberger of UC-Santa Cruz and Wash.-U.'s Charlie Cutler.

Lener and Avrahami met Lawrence Wang and Guillaume Schils of Claremont Mudd-Scripps this afternoon in their first doubles match of the weekend.