Conner Calabro played close matches in singles and doubles play for the Jumbos against Amherst
AMHERST, MA – The #18 Tufts women's tennis team faced off against NESCAC rival and #4 Amherst College on Tuesday afternoon, but the Lord Jeffs came out on top 9-0.
The Jumbos found themselves in a hole early as they were unable to win any of the doubles matches. Senior Shelci Bowman (Dallas, TX) and freshman Jacqueline Baum (Highland Park, IL) faced off against Amherst's top duo of Gabby Devlin and Jordan Brewer at #1 doubles, falling 8-1. The match at #2 doubles was decided by the same score as Jennifer Newman and Zoe Pangalos topped rookie Alexa Melzter (New York, NY) and senior Samantha Gann (Massapequa, NY).
The match at #3 doubles was the closest of the day as first-year Conner Calabro (Sherman Oaks, CA) and fellow classmate Chelsea Hayashi (San Anselmo, CA) dueled the Amherst pair of Safaa Aly and Sarah Monteagudo. The Jumbo pair ended up being edged, 8-6.
Gann took the courts for the Jumbos at #1 singles but wasn't able to down her Amherst counterpart in Brewer, 6-3, 6-0. At #2 singles, Meltzer faced off against Devlin but lost, 6-2, 6-1. Calabro once against played the closest singles match of the day, but was edged at #3 singles by Newman, 7-6(4), 6-1.
Bowman played at #4 singles against the Lord Jeff's Sue Ghosh, but fell in two sets, 6-1, 6-1. At #5 singles Baum took on Pangalos, but was beaten 6-3, 6-3. Senior Rebecca Kimmel (Longmeadow, MA) rounded out the singles lineup for the Jumbos at #6 singles, but was dealt a 6-4, 6-4 loss by Monteagudo.
The Jumbos are now 7-7 overall this season with a 3-3 conference mark. The women have a busy NESCAC filled schedule coming up as they take on both Trinity and Bates on April 19 at 11:00 am and 4:00 pm, respectively. They will then close out their regular season schedule with an April 25 meeting at Middlebury.
Amherst moves to 11-3 this season with a 3-0 conference record. The Lord Jeffs return to the courts on April 18 when they host Connecticut College at 3:00 pm.