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Amherst men, women fall in NCAA Division III tennis semifinals

It was a tough day for Amherst College at the NCAA Division III tennis championships in Kalamazoo, Mich., Tuesday.

The top-ranked women’s team fell behind, rallied to take a lead but eventually fell 5-4 to No. 4 Emory in the semifinal round.

Meanwhile, the third-ranked men’s team never recovered from difficult doubles matches and fell 5-0 to No. 1 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semifinals.

Women’s semifinal

The Lord Jeffs (20-3) fell behind 2-1 after doubles play, but singles victories by Sue Ghosh, Jen Newman and Gabby Devlin gave Amherst a 4-3 lead.

Emory tied the match with a win at No. 6 singles then clinched it with a win at No. 4.

In the deciding match, Marissa Levine defeated Caroline Richman 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-1.

Men’s semifinal

The Lord Jeffs (30-9) dropped two of the three doubles matches in a tiebreaker and never recovered.

Trailing 1-0, CMS’s Skyler Butts and Neel Kotrappa defeated Ben Fife and Andrew Yaraghi 9-8 (5) at No. 2 doubles.

Joe Dorn and Zhenya Pereverzin then defeated Mark Kahan and Michael Solimano 9-8 (6) at first doubles.

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