Amherst Wraps Fall With Busy Weekend Road Trip

Rookie Mark Kahan went 6-0 for Amherst this weekend.

AMHERST, MA – The 7th-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team closed out its fall schedule this weekend with five road matches against non-conference opposition. Amherst posted a 2-2 record on the swing, with wins over Swarthmore and Rochester and close 5-4 losses to Carnegie Mellon and Kenyon.

On Saturday afternoon, Amherst split to face Swarthmore and Case Western. The Lord Jeffs topped Swarthmore 9-0, and edged Case Western 7-2. In the shutout win at Swarthmore, Amherst first-year Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) won his first collegiate dual match with wins in doubles and singles. Sophomore Andrew Jung (Battle Creek, MI) played as Amherst’s number one for the group at Swarthmore, and performed well in a 6-1, 6-3 win over Zak Kelm.

In a junior varsity match against Case Western, Amherst top gun Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) won his doubles and singles bouts in convincing fashion. Chafetz paired with Robbie Sorrel (Scarsdale, NY) to win in doubles, before topping John Smetona 6-1, 6-1 in singles play.

On Sunday afternoon, the half of the team that was at Swarthmore traveled to face Carnegie Mellon. The Jeffs held a 2-1 lead after doubles play, but won just two singles bouts to fall 5-4. Kahan and sophomore Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) were the only Amherst players to hold on for singles wins in the losing effort.

The second half of the Amherst team traveled to face the University of Rochester, coming home with a 9-0 sweep. Rookie Alex Kim (Seoul, Korea) had a hand in each of the two most lopsided wins in the match, pairing with Surain Asokaraj (Acton, MA) to win 8-2 in doubles, before winning his singles match 6-1, 6-2.

On Monday afternoon, the Jeffs closed out the weekend with a fifth match in three days, this time against Kenyon College. In the close 5-4 defeat, Amherst trailed 2-1 after doubles play riding a lone with at the number one spot by Kahan and Jung. Kahan was just one game away from another straight set win in singles play before his opposition retired. On the weekend, Kahan posted a 6-0 record, winning every doubles and singles match he was scheduled to play in.

With the busy weekend complete, Amherst will break for the winter, before opening conference play next spring. The Lord Jeffs will look to make a run back into the NCAA Tournament after the most successful season in program history carried them all the way to the National Championship match last season.

Saturday, October 10, 2009 ~ Amherst 9 : Swarthmore 0 ~ Swarthmore, PA

1) Mark Kahan/Andrew Jung (A) def. Max Bressman/Mark Wee (S) 8-2
2) Julian Camacho/Priit Gross (A) def. Stephen Youngblood/Zak Kelm (S) 8-2
3) Wes Waterman/Daniel Kim (A) def. Malikm Mubeen/Seth Udelson (S) 8-1
1) Jung (A) def. Kelm (S) 6-1,6-3
2) Kahan (A) def. Youngblood (S) 6-0, 3-6, 6-2
3) Waterman (A) def. Wee (S) 6-0, 6-2
4) Gross (A) def. Bressman (S) 6-4, 6-2
5) Camacho (A) def. Mubeen (S) 6-4, 6-2
6) Kim (A) def. Eric Legunn (S) 6-4, 6-3

Saturday, October 10, 2009 ~ Amherst 7 : Case Western 2 ~ Ithaca, NY

*Junior varsity match
1) Chafetz, Austin/Sorrel, Robbie (A) def. Patel, Rohan/Woyczynski, Greg (C) 8-1
2) Asokaraj, Surainder/Kim, Alex (A) def. Gerber, Kyle/Howe, Nicolas (C) 9-7
3) Smetona, John/Brunsting, Richard (C) def. Gumpert, Alex/Sheng, Tony (A) 8-4
1) Chafetz (A) def. Smetona (C) 6-1, 6-1
2) Asokaraj (A) def. Brunsting (C) 6-1, 6-2
3) Kim (A) def. Patel (C) 6-1, 6-3
4) Sorrel (A) def. Gerber (C) 6-4, 3-6, 10-5
5) Sheng (A) def. Howe (C) 7-6, 6-1
6) Carr (C) def. Kaufman (A) 7-6, 6-2

Sunday, October 11, 2009 ~ Carnegie Mellon 5 : Amherst 4 ~ Pittsburgh, PA

1) Andrew Jung/Mark Kahan (A) def. James Muliawan/Nikola Ljuboja (CMU) 8-6
2) Julian Camacho/Priit Gross (A) def. Alex Nemerov/Bobby MacTaggart (CMU) 8-5
3) Duke Miller/Jeremy King (CMU) def. Wesley Waterman/Daniel Kim (A) 8-3
1) Nemerov (CMU) def. Jung (A) 6-3, 6-4
2) Kahan (A) def. Mactaggart (CMU) 6-3, 7-6
3) Waterman (A) def. Muliawan (CMU) 6-0, 4-6, 6-1
4) Miller (CMU) def. Gross (A) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
5) Spero (CMU) def. Camacho (A) 7-6, 6-4
6) Jeremy King (CMU) def. Kim (A) 5-7, 7-5, 6-3

Sunday, October 11, 2009 ~ Amherst 9 : Rochester 0 ~ Rochester, NY

1) Austin Chafetz/Robbie Sorrell (A) def. Brian Bowman/Austin Armstrong (R) 8-4
2) Surainder Asotery/Alex Kim (A) def. Sean Mackman/Brian Schmeer (R) 8-2
3) Tony Sheng/Gumport (A) def. Matt Volkov/Dan Barbash (R) 8-3
1) Chafetz (A) def. Bowman (R) 6-0, 6-4
2) Asotery (A) def. Peterson (R) 6-2, 6-2
3) Kim (A) def. Schmeer (R) 6-1, 6-2
4) Sorrell (A) def. Armstrong (R) 6-0, 6-3
5) Sheng (A) def. Alex Magill (R) 6-2, 6-3
6) Kaufman (A) def. Mackman (R) 6-2, 6-1

Monday, October 12, 2009 ~ Amherst 4 : Kenyon 5 ~ Gambier, Ohio

1) Mark Kahan/Andrew Jung (A) def. Michael Greenberg/William VandenBerg (K) 9-8 (10-8)
2) Tomas Piskacek/Jeremy Polster (K) def. Julian Camacho/Priit Gross (A) 8-2
3) Kevin Ye/Charles Brody (K) def. Wes Waterman/Dan Kim (A) 8-4
1) Kahan (A) def. Greenberg (K) 6-2, 5-0, default
2) Piskacek (K) def. Jung (A) 6-3, 6-2
3) Waterman (A) def. Polster (K) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4) Gross (A) def. VandenBerg (K) 6-2, 6-2
5) Brody (K) def. Camacho (A) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
6) Burgin (K) def. Kim (A) 6-4, 6-3