Four Lord Jeffs Tabbed for 2010 All-NESCAC Teams

Austin Chafetz earned First Team All-NESCAC honors.

AMHERST, MA – The Amherst College men’s tennis team placed four members on the 2010 All-Conference teams this afternoon as the New England Small College Athletic Conference announced its annual awards. The Lord Jeffs were led by sophomore Austin Chafetz (Palos Verdes, CA) earning First Team honors, while Chafetz was joined by three teammates who landed on the Second Team.

After earning the 2009 NESCAC Rookie of the Year tab last year, Chafetz moved up from the Second Team to the First Team this season. Chafetz is the only underclassmen to grab First Team plaudits this year, grabbing the top honor for his singles play. Chafetz also placed Second Team in doubles, alongside classmate and doubles partner Robby Sorrel (Scarsdale, NY). The Second Team honor marks the first appearance for Sorrel on the All-NESCAC list.

Joining Sorrel and Chafetz on the Second Team are doubles partners Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) and Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany). Kahan, one of only three first-years to earn All-Conference honors in 2010, is one of only five players to be selected for both singles and doubles. Koenig, a junior, is one of the other five, having earned First Team honors last season for doubles only.

Amherst head coach Chris Garner said “Austin has played very well down the stretch against some great competition, and with Robby’s talent, the pair have become a very tough doubles team this year.” Garner added that “Moritz and Mark make a formidable team, and I know they enjoy play with one another. With Mark playing in the No. 2 singles position this year, he has gained a lot of experience while working very hard to improve.”

While Chafetz, Kahan and Koenig have been outstanding on the doubles court alongside Sorrel, the trio also makes up the top-half of Amherst’s singles ladder. With the quartet of standouts anchoring the Lord Jeffs’ lineup, Amherst is primed for another deep NCAA Tournament run. Amherst was selected as a host for the upcoming national tournament, and after receiving a First Round bye will take on the winner of Friday’s match between Salve Regina and St. Joseph’s (L.I.) on Saturday morning at home.