Alicia Menezes '08
Junior Alicia Menezes toppled Amy Roche, the 2006 ITA Singles champion, in straight sets.

Menezes Upsets East's Top Player in Win at Middlebury

October 2, 2006

MIDDLEBURY, VT – The Amherst College women’s tennis team opened its head-to-head season with a 6-3 victory at Middlebury College on Saturday.  The Jeffs posted solid results in both singles and doubles play, including nearly identical singles wins of 6-3, 6-0 by junior Monica Snyder (Newton, MA) and 6-0, 6-3 by classmate Laura Stein (Rockport, ME).  Junior Alicia Menezes had an impressive afternoon, soundly beating reigning Wilson/ITA Singles Champion Amy Roche 6-0, 7-5. The Panthers tried to regain some momentum after trailing early in their matches, but could not muster a legitimate comeback run.

Amherst dominated doubles play, capturing all three matches and allowing only one to go to a tiebreaker. Menezes and first-year Brittany Berckes proved a solid doubles pairing, beating Middlebury’s number one doubles pairing 8-4.

Amherst returns to action Saturday to host archrival Williams College.

September 30, 2006 * Amherst 6 – Middlebury 3

SINGLES

1. Alicia Menezes (Amh.) def. Amy Roche (6-0, 7-5)
2. Claire Smyser def. Brittany Berckes (Amh.) (5-7, 7-5, 6-3)
3. Monica Snyder (Amh.) def. Emily Holick (6-3, 6-0)
4. Elizabeth Stone def. Jenny Murphy (Amh.) (6-2, 6-2)
5. Clare Burke def. Katie Hudson (Amh.) (6-0, 7-5)
6.  Laura Stein (Amh.) def. Jamie Haar (6-0, 6-3)

DOUBLES

1. Menezes/Berckes (Amh.) def. Roche/Smyser (8-4)
2. Snyder/Hudson (Amh.) def. Burke/Stone (8-6)
3. Murphy/Stein (Amh.) def. Emery/Hollick (9-8 [5])