Alicia Menezes '08
Junior Monica Snyder came from behind to win the flight three championship.

Jeffs Wrap Up Fall Slate with Strong Showing at New Englands

October 22, 2006

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College women’s tennis team hosted the 2006 New England Tournament this weekend, and took full advantage of playing at home.  With more than 20 schools represented at the tournament, Amherst joined Bowdoin College as the only schools to have all six singles players reach the semifinals in their respective flights. The Lord Jeffs also sent five players to the championship rounds, the most of any school on the day.

Amherst cruised through singles play in the first two days of the tournament, with all six Jeffs winning their matches to reach the semifinals, never needing more than two sets to defeat their opponents.  Juniors Monica Snyder (Newton, MA), Jennifer Murphy (Simsbury, CT) and Laura Stein (Rockport, ME), and first-year Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, NJ) all received one-seeds in their respective flights, and won their first two matches with ease after earning a first-round bye. Junior Alicia Menezes (Staten Island, NY) and senior co-captain Katie Hudson (Los Altos, CA) also received first-round byes after earning the second seeds in their respective flights, and cruised through their first two matches to reach the semifinals.

The final two rounds of singles play resumed Sunday, crowded with players from Amherst, Williams College, and Bowdoin. Menezes exited with a semifinal-round loss after dropping two sets to Bowdoin’s Sarah D’Elia after winning the first set. 

The other five finals matches featured Amherst players, with three falling just short of a championship.  Berckes, Murphy, and Hudson were each able to win a set in their respective championship matches, but fell to players from Williams, Middlebury, and Bowdoin, respectively.  Snyder fell behind early in her semifinal match with Kristen Raymond, but stormed back to win the next two sets and advance to the finals.  Snyder once again displayed her ability to come from behind, defeating Williams’ Ashley Parsons in the flight three championship match in three sets after dropping the first set. 

Amherst's most dominant play came from Stein, who defeated Bowdoin’s Rachel Waldman in two sets to advance to the finals, where she took home the flight six championship with a convincing win over Eph Anne Schneidman, 6-1, 6-3. 

Amherst did not fare as well in doubles play, but still played well, with each pair winning at least one match.  Menezes and Berckes had the first seed heading into the first flight of doubles matches, but were ousted by Wellesley College in a very close quarterfinals match, 9-7.  Murphy and Stein also failed to advance past the quarterfinal round in the second flight, knocked out by Williams College 8-4.  The best doubles performance for Amherst came from first-years Jennifer Ouyang (Pasadena, CA) and Jill Wexler (Beverly, MA), who won their first three matches to reach the semifinals, but were also knocked out by Williams, 8-6, in a close third-flight match.   
 
With its fall slate complete, Amherst will break camp until spring. 

October 22, 2006 * NEW ENGLAND TOURNAMENT RESULTS

SINGLES CHAMPIONS

Flight #1: Cary Gibson – Williams College
Flight #2: Grace Baljon – Williams College
Flight #3: Monica Snyder – Amherst College
Flight #4: Emily Holick – Middlebury College
Flight #5: Brett Davis – Bowdoin College
Flight #6: Laura Stein – Amherst College

Doubles matches resume at 3:30 on Sunday.  The results will be posted online Sunday night  at www.newitt-tennis.org.