Amherst Knocked Out of NESCAC Tournament by Middlebury, 6-2

Tal Avrahami
Tal Avrahami helped pick up a win in the #3 doubles match as one of four Amherst seniors playing in their final NESCAC Tournament.

Courtesy of Middlebury College Sports Information

MIDDLEBURY, VT – Middlebury College will have a shot at its fifth straight NESCAC Men’s Tennis Championship after a 6-2 win over Amherst College in a NESCAC semifinal match on campus. The match was halted at 6-2 due to darkness with the outcome already decided.

The Panthers held a 2-1 lead after doubles play, increasing its lead to 4-1 after wins at #5 and #6 singles by Peter O’Dell and Rich Bonfiglio, respectively. Amherst kept its hopes alive as junior Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) won at #1, but Andrew Thomson ended the match with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 win over senior Jeff Wan (Staten Island, NY) in the #3 slot.

Middlebury improves to 15-4 and will take on fourth-seed Bowdoin College in Sunday’s title match. Bowdoin upset top-seed Trinity College on Saturday, 6-3. Amherst moves to 10-9 overall and will hope for an at-large bid to the NCAA Championship Tournament.

April 26, 2008 – Middlebury 6, Amherst 2 Singles                                                                                                               
1. Zach Lerner (A) def. Andrew Lee (M) – 6-4, 6-0                                               
2. Fil Marinkovic (M) def. Michael Mintz (A) – 4-6, 6-4, 6-3                                
3. Andrew Thomson (M) def. Jeff Wan (A) – 6-2, 4-6, 6-3                                   
4. Andy Peters (M) vs. Dan Kim (A) – 6-7 (2), 6-4, 4-1 (DNF)                                 
5. Peter O’Dell (M) def. Sean Doerfler (A) – 6-1, 6-2                                           
6. Rich Bonfiglio (M) def. Geoff Schwartz (A) – 6-2, 7-5                                          

Doubles
1. Marinkovic/Thomson (M) def. Lerner/Kim (A) – 8-4                                          
2. Mason/Lee (M) def. Moritz Koenig/Schwartz (A) – 8-5                                     
3. Tal Avrahami/Mintz (A) def. Peters/Bonfiglio (M) – 8-5