Brittany Berckes '10
Photo by Kathy Nolan '10
Brittany Berckes (pictured) and Alicia Menezes earned a come-from-behind opening-round win

Men's Pair Eliminated from NCAA Tournament; Women's Pair Advances to Quarterfinal Round

May 19, 2007

FREDERICKSBURG, VA & ST. LOUIS, MO – The Amherst College men’s tennis doubles pair of sophomore Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) and junior Tal Avrahami (Riverdale, NY) was eliminated from the NCAA Championship Tournament Friday afternoon, while the women’s pair of first-year Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) and junior Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) earned a come-from behind victory to advance to the national quarterfinal round.

Lerner and Avrahami faced Lawrence Wang and Guillaume Schils of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the opening round of the doubles tournament in St. Louis, but were unable to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinal round, as the CMS pair cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory. While the Amherst pair’s impressive season comes to an end, Lerner resumes play in the singles tournament Saturday morning.

Berckes and Menezes had their backs against the wall after falling 4-6 in the first set of their opening-round match with Amanda Sta Romana and Eliza Buys of Carthage College. The Amherst pair was not fazed, as they rallied to a 6-0 second-set win before winning the third set, 6-2. Berckes and Menezes return to action Saturday at 3 p.m. for a match with Stephanie Kurti and Becky Morse-Karzen of the University of Mary Washington.