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Women's tennis posts five wins at NEWITT tournament





AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates College women's tennis team posted five victories in the New England Women's Intercollegiate (NEWITT) Championships, held over the weekend at Amherst, Smith and Mount Holyoke colleges.

Bates' top doubles team of senior captain Alex Piacquad (Yardley, Pa.) and sophomore Meg Anderson (Cohasset, Mass.) received a first-round bye, then defeated Mount Holyoke's top doubles team, Han Nahrhee and My-Linh Nguyen, 3-0 to advance to the round of 16. There third-seeded Williams pair Grace Baljon and Lucy Marchese defeated the Bobcat team 3-0.

Bates' second' doubles team of first-years Katie Helfgott (Newton, Mass.) and Jacqui Holmes (Harvard, Mass.) won its opening-round match against Suffolk's top duo of Alex Hernandez and Lauren Cameron 3-0, then were defeated in the Round of 32 by second-seeded Amherst, 3-0. They moved on to the second round consolation draw, where they were defeated by Tufts 3-0.

Bates' third pair, first-years Ashley Brunk (Phoenix, Ariz.) and Jenna Burke (Burlington, Mass.), was defeated by Simmons in the Round of 64 of the A Flight, then went on to defeat Babson's No. 2 pair, Liz Sheerin and Lorena Becerra, 3-0 in the A Flight Consolation.

Bates' fourth doubles pair, senior captain Jean Gulliver (Falmouth, Maine) and sophomore Maria Rouvalis (Concord, N.H.), won two matches in the B Flight, defeating Simmons' No. 2 Maggie Taylor and Melissa Keroac 3-0 and Connecticut College No. 3 pair Sarah Yeransian and Alicia Cauteruccio 3-0 before falling to Amherst 7 3-0 in the Round of 16.

The tournament concludes the Bobcats' brief fall schedule; they will resume play in February.