Jeffs Open NESCAC Slate with Wins Over Conn., Wesleyan

Alex Kaufman '10 wrapped up the day for Amherst by winning a marathon match against Wesleyan.

AMHERST, MA – The ninth-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team played in its first home matches of the season Thursday afternoon, defeating Connecticut College by a score of 8-1 before blanking Wesleyan University, 9-0, to get off to a 2-0 start in the NESCAC. The Lord Jeffs improve to 16-7 overall, while Wesleyan falls to 9-5 (0-3 NESCAC) and the Camels drop to 3-6 (0-3 NESCAC).

Amherst won each of its singles matches against the Camels in straight sets. Notably, first-year Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) and junior Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) each won by scores of 6-1, 6-0, in the No. 1 and No. 2 matches, respectively. At No. 6, senior Scott London (Chevy Chase, MD) did not lose a single game.

Connecticut College picked up its lone point in the second doubles match, as George King ’13 and Craig Stanton ’11 took care of London and junior Max Gumport (Summit, NJ), 9-7. Koenig and Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia) teamed up to win the top doubles match, 8-5, before splitting up to win their respective singles bouts.

Against Wesleyan, the match was more competitive than the final score indicated. As Amherst’s top player, sophomore Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) needed three sets to defeat Jeff Legunn ’13, who battled back to take the second set from the Lord Jeff star, 6-1, before failing to win a game in the third set.

Sophomore Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) and senior Alex Kaufman (Woodside, CA) each needed a tiebreaker to get past their Wesleyan opponent. Waterman defeated Mike Piderit ’12 handily in the first set before wrapping up the match with a 7-6 (7-5) win in the second. Kaufman also won his first set by a score of 6-1, and the marathon second set would end in a 7-6 (7-4) score in the Lord Jeffs’ favor. Kaufman’s hard-fought win wrapped up the day for Amherst.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Apr. 10, when they resume their conference schedule with an 11 a.m. match at Bowdoin College. The Cardinals will host top-ranked Middlebury Saturday at 3 p.m. The Camels will travel to take on Bates Saturday at 3 p.m.

#9 Amherst College def. Wesleyan University, 9-0
1) Austin Chafetz/Robby Sorrel (A) def. Jeff Legunn/Mike Piderit (W), 8-2
2) Sean Doerfler/Wes Waterman (A) def. Alex Hirsch/Ravy Uong (W), 8-5
3) Surain Asokaraj/Alex Kaufman (A) def. Don Kleckner/Rob Troyer (W), 8-0

1) Austin Chafetz (A) def. Jeff Legunn (W) 7-5, 1-6, 6-0
2) Wes Waterman (A) def. Mike Piderit (W) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)
3) Sean Doerfler (A) def. Alex Hirsch (W) 6-1, 6-2
4) Surain Asokaraj (A) def. Ravy Uong (W) 6-0, 6-2
5) Robby Sorrel (A) def. Don Kleckner (W) 7-5, 6-2
6) Alex Kaufman (A) def. Michael Glen (W) 6-1, 7-6 (7-4)

#9 Amherst College def. Connecticut College, 8-1
1) Priit Gross/Moritz Koenig (A) def. Trevor Prophet/Jeff Weisberger (C), 8-5
2) George King/Craig Stanton (C) def. Scott London/Max Gumport (A), 9-7
3) Dan Gonzalez/Alex Gumport (A) def. Henry Friedman/Jacob Levin (C), 8-3

1) Mark Kahan (A) def. Trevor Prophet (C) 6-1, 6-0
2) Moritz Koenig (A) def. Colin Tasi (C) 6-1, 6-0
3) Priit Gross (A) def. George King (C) 6-3, 6-3
4) Alex Kim (A) def. Jeff Weisberger (C) 7-5, 6-3
5) Dan Gonzalez (A) def. Craig Stanton (C) 6-4, 6-4
6) Scott London (A) def. Marshall Collins (C) 6-0, 6-0