Amherst Opens Fall Slate at Cornell Invitational

Jeff Wan
Senior Jeff Wan stormed through the Flight B consolation bracket at the Cornell Fall Invitational.

ITHACA, NY – The Amherst College men’s tennis team kicked off its season with a trip to the Cornell University Fall Invitational. Senior Jeff Wan (Staten Island, NY) fared the best of the eight Lord Jeffs represented in the tournament, as he stormed through the Flight B singles consolation bracket to emerge as the consolation winner.

In the Flight A singles bracket, Amherst senior Mike Mintz (New York, NY) and junior Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) each lost their opening-round matches on Friday, with Mintz falling to eventual-champion Marc Asch of Cornell. The two continued play in the consolation round on Saturday, but again were unable to pick up wins.

First-year Sean Doerfler (Douglaston, NY) earned one the Jeffs’ two opening-round victories of the day, as he defeated Rob Bolcar of Lehigh University, 6-2, 6-2, in Flight B to advance to the second round of play on Saturday. Doerfler could not repeat his success, however, as he lost his next two matches to be eliminated from the tournament.

Amherst sophomores Dan Gonzalez (West Roxbury, MA) and Alex Kaufman (Woodside, CA) each fell to members of the UMBC team in Flight C opening-round action on Friday, and were unable to pick up victories in the consolation round on Saturday. In Flight D action, first-year Tony Sheng (Aurora, IL) earned Amherst’s second opening-round win of the day, defeating Antonio Farias of Saint Bonaventure University, 6-0, 6-4, before falling in the consolation bracket the next day. Sophomore Ben Krause (Vancouver, BC) lost his first match in Flight D before earning a win in the consolation bracket over Cameron Silbert of Lehigh, 6-2, 6-2.

After Wan kicked off his weekend with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to eventual Flight B finalist Andrew Thomson of Middlebury College, he stormed through the consolation bracket by defeating Jon Michael Caminiti of Lehigh, 7-6(3), 6-3, Victor Lecina of Saint Bonaventure, 5-7, 6-1(7), and Jon Luce of Saint Bonaventure, 7-6(4), 4-6(6).

In Flight A doubles action, Wan and Mintz fell to a tough Middlebury duo, 8-1, while Lerner and Doerfler gave a UMBC pair a tough match, only to fall 9-7 in the end. In the Flight B bracket, Gonzalez and Kaufman could not get past Lehigh, but Krause and Sheng teamed up to edge out Middlebury, 9-8. In the second round, however, Sheng and Krause struggled with eventual-champs Andy Gauthier and Jon Jaklitsch of Cornell, falling 8-2.

The Lord Jeffs return to action Friday, Sept. 21 when a portion of the team will travel to Salve Regina, while part of the squad will take part in the Dartmouth Invitational.