No. 8 Men's Tennis Wins Two Over Liberty League Foes

AMHERST, MA – The 8th-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team won a pair of matches over visiting Liberty League foes this afternoon, closing out a perfect 3-0 weekend of action. Following a win at Trinity yesterday, the Lord Jeffs took out Skidmore College 7-2 and No. 24 Vassar College 9-0 this afternoon to improve to 23-8 (7-0 NESCAC) on the year.

Against both the Thoroughbreds and Brewers, Amherst put forward its top three doubles pairings, with the trio of teams combining to win all six bouts. Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Robert Sorrel (San Francisco, CA) won their matches at number one 8-2 and 8-4, while Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) and Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) won their tilts both by 8-5 and 8-1 scores. The pairing of Sean Doerfler (Douglaston, NY) and Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) took their wins by scores of 8-4 and 8-3.

Against Skidmore, Amherst dropped just the number one and four singles matches. Falling at number one was junior Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia), by a score of 6-2, 6-3. Senior Alex Kaufman (Woodside, CA) fell 6-3, 6-1 at number four, while Amherst swept the other four singles bouts in straight sets. Senior Dan Kim (Springfield, MO) won 6-1, 7-6 (6) at number two, while first-year Alex Kim (Seoul, Korea) won 6-2, 6-2 at number three. Seniors Scott London (Chevy Chase, MD) and Dan Gonzalez (W. Roxbury, MA) won 6-1, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-0 at numbers five and six, respectively.

Against the 24th-ranked team from Vassar, Amherst’s top players took the court for singles play as well. Chafetz, the 5th-ranked singles player in the Northeast, upset the 2nd-ranked Mike Mattelson in convincing fashion, winning 6-2, 6-4. Similarly, the 11th-ranked Kahan ousted 12th-ranked Ben Guzick 7-5, 6-2 at number two.

Koenig needed a super tiebreaker in the third set to pull out a win at number three singles, while Waterman rolled to a 6-2, 6-2 win at number four. Gross slid down to his customary fifth spot in the singles ladder against Vassar and held on for a 6-2, 7-5 win. Closing out the clean sweep at number six singles was Doerfler, winning 6-0, 6-1.

Amherst will wrap up the 2010 regular season next Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. against visiting top-ranked Middlebury College. The bout will give Amherst a great preview of the top team in Division III before hosting the 2010 NESCAC Tournament.

Amherst 7 : Skidmore 2 ~ Amherst, MA ~ Saturday, April 24, 2010
1) Chafetz/Sorrel (A) def. Cheng/Cabrera (S) 8-2
2) Kahan/Koenig (A) def. Granger/Bevan (S) 8-1
3) Doerfler/Waterman (A) def. Fromson/Hogan (S) 8-4
1) Granger (S) def. Gross (A) 6-2, 6-3
2) D. Kim (A) def. Cheng (S) 6-1, 7-6 (6)
3) A. Kim (A) def. Cabrera (S) 6-2, 6-2
4) Fromson (S) def. Kaufman (A) 6-3, 6-1
5) London (A) def. Bevan (S) 6-1, 6-3
6) Gonzalez (A) def. Hogan (S) 6-0, 6-0

Amherst 9 : Vassar 0 ~ Amherst, MA ~ Saturday, April 24, 2010
1) Chafetz/Sorrel (A) def. B. Guzick/A. Guzick (V) 8-4
2) Kahan/Koenig (A) def. Willner/Mattelson (V) 8-5
3) Doerfler/Waterman (A) def. Katz/Jasso (V) 8-3
1) Chafetz (A) def. Mattelson (V) 6-2, 6-4
2) Kahan (A) def. B. Guzick (V) 7-5, 6-2
3) Koenig (A) def. A. Guzick (V) 6-2, 5-7, 10-7
4) Waterman (A) def. Willner (V) 6-2, 6-2
5) Gross (A) def. Katz (V) 6-2, 7-5
6) Doerfler (A) def. Jasso (V) 6-0, 6-1