Brittany Berckes '10
Photo by Erik Andrews '09
First-year Brittany Berckes played brilliantly in the #2 singles match

Amherst Advances to National Quarterfinals with 5-0 Win Over TCNJ

May 6, 2007

AMHERST, MA - The Amherst College women’s tennis team earned a trip to the National Quarterfinals with a 5-0 win over The College of New Jersey in the Regional Finals of the NCAA Championship Tournament. The Lions end their season with a record of 15-2, while the Lord Jeffs improve to 16-4 and will resume play May 15 against an opponent to be determined.

The day began with three very competitive back-and-forth doubles matches, but Amherst was able to hang on for a trio of 8-5 victories. In the #2 singles match, first-year Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) played brilliantly en route to a 6-0, 6-2 victory, while junior Laura Stein (Rockport, ME) cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 win in the #6 match to seal the 5-0 Amherst win.

The Jeffs will take on Gustavus Adolphus College Tuesday, May 15 in the quarterfinal round. Match time is set for 9:30 a.m. at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA.

The College of New Jersey @ Amherst College – May 6, 2007 – NCAA Round 3

1. Menezes/Berckes (A) def. Contrafatto/Shtemberg (NJ) 8-5
2. Hudson/Wexler (A) def. Turturiello/Wroblesky (NJ) 8-5
3. Stein/Murphy (A) def. Kutnar/Haar (NJ) 8-5

1. Jackie Shtemberg (NJ) vs. Alicia Menezes (A) : 7-6 (7-3) (DNF)
2. Brittany Berckes (A) def. Christina Contrafatto (NJ) : 6-0, 6-2
3. Monica Snyder (A) vs. Haley Kutner (NJ) : 6-4, 1-1 (DNF)
4. Jennifer Murphy (A) vs. Kristen Turturiello (NJ) : 6-2, 4-2 (DNF)
5. Stefanie Haar (NJ) vs. Katie Hudson (A) : 6-3, 2-4 (DNF)
6. Laura Stein (A) def. Lindsay Katzel (NJ) : 6-0, 6-0