Women’s tennis team loses close 5-4 match to Amherst

The Williams women’s tennis team lost its first game of the season Saturday, losing to national champion Amherst 5-4, dropping their record to 13-1 on the year. The Lord Jeffs avenged a 6-3 loss they suffered to the Ephs in the fall.

Senior co-captain Sarah Marks and first-year Tracy Cheung led the way for the Ephs. Marks won at #2 singles, defeating Amherst’s Steph Fong 6-1, 6-3 while Cheung won at #4 singles 6-7, 7-6, 6-4.

Cheung and Marks teamed up at #2 doubles to win 8-6.

Amherst’s strong singles play allowed them to come out on top. It started at #1 singles, where Jamie Cohen defeated Caroline Wasserman ’03 6-1, 6-1. At #3, Selma Kikic ’02 lost 6-3, 6-3. Alison Swain ’01 lost a tough three-set match at #6 singles 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.

In the #5 singles match of the day, Jasmine Bradley ’02 lost her first set 6-2 and was tied 2-2 in the second before she retired with an injury.

In doubles, Kikic and Bradley lost at the #1 position 8-5. Wasserman and Swain won their #3 doubles match 8-6 to give the Ephs their final point of the day.

The team has two more tough matches to close out the regular season, at The College of New Jersey next Saturday at 1 p.m. and two weeks from now at Harvard.