2010 NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship
 Hosted by Amherst
First Round
Semifinals
Championship
Friday, May 7
Saturday, May 8 Sunday, May 9
vs. No. 4 MID 5, No. 5 BOW 0
No. 1 WIL 5, vs. No. 4 MID 1
No. 2 AMH 5, vs. No. 1 WIL 0
vs. No. 3 TUF 6, No. 6 TRI 0
No. 2 AMH 5, vs. No. 3 TUF 0
 
     

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Amherst Wins Sixth-Straight Women's Tennis Championship

Amherst Wins Sixth-Straight Women's Tennis Championship

Courtesy Amherst Sports Information

Box Score

AMHERST, Mass. – The No. 2 seed Amherst College women’s tennis team won its sixth straight NESCAC Championship Sunday afternoon with a 5-0 sweep of top-seeded rival Williams College. The Lord Jeffs swept the three doubles matches, before winning the first two singles matches to win the 2010 NESCAC Championship.

In doubles play, Amherst’s number three pairing of Caroline Richman (Pacific Palisades, Calif.) and Carlissa King (Bayside, N.Y.) set the tone for the day with an 8-5 win, putting Amherst up 1-0. Moments later, Natasha Brown (Woodland Hills, Calif.) and Jill Wexler (Beverly, Mass.) closed out their win over Kristin Alotta and Nicole Reich by the same 8-5 score. Completing the sweep with an 8-3 win at number one was the pairing of Brittany Berckes (Secaucus, N.J.) and Laura Danzig (Allendale, N.Y.).

In singles action, Danzig ousted Kristin Alotta 6-4, 6-3 at number two singles to put Amherst on the verge of the upset. Finishing off the sweep at number three singles was Carlissa King, who held off Nicole Reich 6-4 in the second set after winning the opening frame in dominant 6-1 fashion.

When the match was halted after King’s clinching victory, Berckes sat deadlocked at 3-3 with Grace Baljon in the second set after winning the first frame 7-6 in a tiebreaker. At number four singles, Jill Wexler battled back to send her match against Lucy Marchese to a third set. Marchese won the first set for Williams 6-2, but Wexler took the second 7-5, before playing to a 1-1 score in the third.

At number five singles, Williams’ Nancy Worley topped Natasha Brown 6-3 in the first set, and held a 2-1 lead in the second as the match came to a close. In the sixth and final singles bout, Eph Caroline Capute cruised to a 6-0 first set win over Laken King (Bayside, N.Y.), before seeing her Amherst opponent return the favor with a 6-1 win in set two. The two players were knotted up 3-3 in the third set when the match was decided.

With the win, Amherst improves to 17-2, while also avenging a 6-3 loss to Williams from three weeks ago. The Ephs fall to 18-3 with the loss after dropping a match to a NESCAC opponent for the first time this year.


2010 NESCAC WOMEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
Hosted by Amherst College - Friday-Sunday, May 7-9

Schedule of Matches

First Round - Friday, May 7
9:00 a.m.
No. 6 vs. No. 3
No. 5 vs. No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, May 8
9:00 a.m.
Winner of No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 1
Winner of No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 2

Championship - Sunday, May 9
9:00 a.m.
Semifinal Winners

Format
The top six teams in the conference shall qualify for the championship.  The championship is a single-elimination tournament with no consolation matches.  The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed shall receive a first round bye.  All matches will be played to conclusion unless there is inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances that the tournament committee believes warrants playing to decision.

Inclement Weather (Tentative)
In foul weather, the women's No. 4/No. 5 match will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside.  Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match.  The women's No. 3/No. 6 match will follow the No. 4/No. 5 match, followed by men's No. 4/No. 5 and men's No. 3/No. 6.  On Saturday in foul weather, the women's top half semifinal (winner No. 4/No. 5 match vs. No. 1) will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside.  Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match.  The women's bottom half semifinal (winner No. 3/No. 6 match vs. No. 2) will go on second, followed by the men's top half semifinal and then the bottom half semifinal.  On Sunday in foul weather, the women's championship match will start at 9:00 a.m.  The men's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. or one half hour after completion of the men's final, whichever is later.

Selection
Teams will be selected and seeded based on the following criteria (not in priority order):

  • NESCAC win-loss record
  • NESCAC head-to-head with tied team(s)
  • Wins/losses against other common NESCAC opponents
  • Wins/losses against other common non-conference opponents
Note: Only wins/losses may be used as a factor. Match score may not be used as a factor in determining seeding.

Ties will be broken as follows:

  • Head-to-head results
  • In the event of a tie between more than two teams or a head-to-head result is not available, the following procedure will be used (in priority order):
  1. NESCAC head-to-head results with tied teams
  2. Win-loss record against other common NESCAC opponents
  3. Win-loss record against other common in-region opponents
  4. Win-loss record against other common out-of-region opponents
  5. Latest ITA National ranking (in the event teams are not nationally ranked, regional rankings will be used)

Note: Only wins/losses may be used as a factor. Match score may not be used as a factor in determining seeding.

Tournament Committee
There will be separate men's and women's tournament committees consisting of four coaches each. Committee membership will rotate annually based on an alphabetical rotation. 

Announcement
The tournament committee will notify schools (and the Conference office) of the participating teams and seeding for the tournament.  Participating teams and seeding will be posted on the NESCAC web site after the committee has determined the final seeding and the appeal period has concluded.