Jeffs Split Saturday's Matches with Hamilton, Concordia

Dan Kim '10 won his singles match against Hamilton and his doubles match against Concordia.

AMHERST, MA – After earning an 8-1 win over Hamilton Saturday morning at Coolidge Cage’s indoor courts, the Amherst College men's tennis team suffered a 7-2 loss at the hands of Division II's Concordia (NY) at Hampshire College. The Lord Jeffs improve to 5-0 in the NESCAC and move to 19-8 overall.  

Highlighting the first match was the No. 2 singles bout between Amherst senior Dan Kim (Springfield, MO) and Hamilton’s Drew Libin. The first two sets went to a tiebreaker, with the Lord Jeff captain winning the opener and Libin coming back to force a third set. Kim managed to get off to a strong start in the super tiebreaker, hanging on for the impressive 11-9 win.

The Jeffs swept the doubles matches against Hamilton, and sophomore Robby Sorrel (Scarsdale, NY) gave Amherst a fourth team point by cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 win in the No. 4 singles matchup. Junior Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia) sealed the team’s victory with a 6-1, 6-4 win in the top singles match. The Continentals dropped to 6-8 overall and 1-4 in the NESCAC with the result.

In the second match, the ninth-ranked Lord Jeffs were taking on Division II’s top-ranked team in the East region, as the Clippers entered the weekend ranked 11th in the nation. Concordia won two out of three doubles bouts and five out of six singles matches to improve to 18-3, increasing its winning streak to six.

As the second-ranked doubles pair in all of Division II, Alex Grubin and Andrey Boldarev cruised to an 8-0 win over Amherst’s top duo of Austin Chafetz ’12 (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Robby Sorrel ’12 (Scarsdale, NY). In the No. 2 match, first-year Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) and junior Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) nearly pulled out a big win for the Jeffs, but they were edged by Concordia’s Felix Missal and Raphael Namias, 9-8.

Accounting for Amherst’s only win in doubles play were first-year Alex Kim (Seoul, Korea) and Daniel Kim, who was fresh off his impressive singles victory against Hamilton. The Kims gave the Jeffs their first point by earning an 8-6 win over Tamas Dobrotka and Shaolin Chandam at No. 3.

Picking up Amherst’s second point was Koenig, who came back to defeat Missal in the No. 3 singles match after dropping the first set, 6-4. Koenig tied things up with a 7-5 second-set result and wrapped up a hard-fought match by winning the super tiebreaker, 11-9.

Amherst’s other five singles matches were decided in two sets, as the Jeffs were up against stiff competition. Notably, Grubin defeated Chafetz in the top singles matchup as the fifth-ranked player in Division II.

The Lord Jeffs will have little time to rest before traveling to take on archrival Williams College Sunday at 1 p.m. in Williamstown.

#8 Amherst College def. Hamilton College, 8-1 (@ Amherst College)
1) Sean Doerfler/Wes Waterman (A) def. Jon Franzel/Drew Libin (H) 8-4
2) Priit Gross/Dan Kim (A) def. Jordan Petit/Mike Moreno (H) 8-3
3) Robert Abbey/Scott London (A) def. Greg Kreitzer/Coby Berman (H) 8-3

1) Priit Gross (A) def. Jon Franzel (H) 6-1, 6-4
2) Dan Kim (A) def. Drew Libin (H) 7-6, [6-7], 11-9
3) Sean Doerfler (A) def. Jordan Petit (H) 8-1
4) Robby Sorrel (A) def. Greg Kreitzer (H) 6-0, 6-2
5) Tony Sheng (A) def. Mike Moreno (H) 8-2
6) Pete Erwin (H) def. Sam Sperling (A) 6-4, [2-6], 6-2

#11 (DII) Concordia College def. #8 Amherst College, 7-2
1) Alex Grubin/Andrey Boldarev (C) def. Austin Chafetz/Robby Sorrel (A) 8-0
2) Felix Missal/Raphael Namias (C) def. Mark Kahan/Moritz Koenig (A) 9-8
3) Dan Kim/Alex Kim (A) def. Tamas Dobrotka/Shaolin Chandam (C) 8-6

1) Alex Grubin (C) def. Austin Chafetz (A) 6-0, 6-4
2) Andrey Boldarev (C) def. Mark Kahan (A) 6-3, 6-4
3) Moritz Koenig (A) def. Felix Missal (C) [4-6], 7-5, 11-9
4) Raphael Namias (C) def. Wes Waterman (A) 6-1, 6-4
5) Tamas Dobrotka (C) def. Alex Kim (A) 6-3, 6-3
6) Shaolin Chandam (C) def. Surain Asokaraj (A) 6-4, 6-3