Jeffs Cruise Past Archrival Williams, 7-2, to Stay Unbeaten in NESCAC

Moritz Koenig '11 earned wins at No. 2 doubles and No. 3 singles at Williams.

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The eighth-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team’s 20th victory of the season came against archrival Williams College, as the Lord Jeffs earned a convincing 7-2 win over the 12th-ranked Ephs Sunday afternoon. Amherst improves to 20-8 overall and 6-0 in the NESCAC, while Williams drops to 4-4 (1-1 NESCAC).

Amherst did not get the best of Williams between 1995 and 2007, but the Jeffs have taken control of the rivalry by winning each of the past four meetings. The visitors won two out of three in doubles play and five out of six in singles, snapping the Ephs’ winning streak at four matches.

Amherst joins Middlebury as the only teams yet to lose a NESCAC match, as the Panthers—ranked No. 1 in Division III—are also 6-0 in conference play. The Jeffs are scheduled to play the nation’s top team Saturday, May 1, in Middlebury.

The Jeffs’ top two doubles pairs had little trouble with Williams. Sophomores Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Robby Sorrel (Scarsdale, NY) earned an 8-2 win in the No. 1 match, while Moritz Koenig ’11 (Hamburg, Germany) and Mark Kahan ’13 (Unionville, CT) took the No. 2 match, 8-1. Sean Doerfler ’11 (Douglaston, NY) and Wes Waterman ’12 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) fell at No. 3, 8-5.

Chafetz and Koenig earned a pair of three-set wins at No. 1 and No. 3, respectively, with each coming in come-from-behind fashion. Chafetz dropped his first set in a tiebreaker before coming back to win the next two, 6-4 and 6-3. In a nearly identical performance, Koenig suffered a 7-5 loss in the first set before winning 6-4 and 6-3.

Kahan went to a tiebreaker in his first set at No. 2, pulling out the 7-6(5) win before taking the second set, 6-2. Winning in two sets for Amherst were Waterman at No. 4 (6-3, 6-2) and Doerfler at No. 6 (6-0, 6-2). Priit Gross ’11 (Tartu, Estonia) was the only Lord Jeff to lose a singles match, falling to his counterpart by a 7-5, 6-2 score.

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Apr. 24, when they host Skidmore College at 11:30 a.m. and Vassar College at 2 p.m. in a pair of non-conference matches.

#8 Amherst College def. #12 Williams College, 7-2
1) Austin Chafetz/Robby Sorrell (A) def. Nick Lebedoff/Dicken Chaplin (W) 8-2
2) Moritz Koenig/Mark Kahan (A) def. Bryan Chow/Will Petrie (W) 8-1
3) Felix Sun/Trey Meyer (W) def. Sean Doerfler/Wes Waterman (A) 8-5

1) Austin Chafetz (A) def. Lebedoff (W) [6-7(7)], 6-4, 6-3
2) Mark Kahan (A) def. Sun (W) 7-6(5), 6-2
3) Moritz Koenig (A) def. Weinberger (W) [5-7], 6-4, 6-3
4) Wes Waterman (A) def. Petrie (W) 6-3, 6-2
5) Bryan Chow (W) def. Priit Gross (A) 7-5, 6-2
6) Sean Doerfler (A) def. Weiss (W) 6-0, 6-2