Amherst Keeps Rolling with Wins Over Whittier, Hope

First-year Wes Waterman won in singles and doubles play in the Stag-Hen Invitational quarterfinals.
WHITTIER/CLAREMONT, CA – The Amherst College men’s tennis team continued its marathon Spring Break week with another two victories on Friday. While one group of Lord Jeffs cruised to an 8-1 win over Whittier College, another group earned a 6-3 victory over Hope College in the quarterfinal round of the Stag-Hen Invitational, hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

Amherst—ranked sixth in the latest ITA national poll—will take on Pomona Saturday morning in the Invitational’s semifinal round, with host CMS taking on 16th-ranked Trinity College in the other semifinal match. CMS—ranked third in the nation—defeated Colorado College in the opening round by a 9-0 margin. The semifinal winners will square off Saturday at 2 p.m. (PT) for the Stag-Hen title.

In Amherst’s win over Hope, the Lord Jeffs took two out of three doubles matches and four out of six in singles play. First-year standout Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) was the lone Lord Jeff to pick up a win in singles and doubles play. After teaming up with classmate Julian Camacho (New York, NY) to earn an 8-4 win in the No. 2 doubles match, Waterman earned a convincing 6-2, 6-0 victory in the No. 3 singles matchup.

In the win over Whittier, three Amherst players came out on top in both singles and doubles action. Leading the way in the No. 1 match was senior captain Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY), whose 6-1, 6-1 win came after he and sophomore Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) earned an 8-3 win over Whittier’s top doubles pair.

Sophomore Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia) and first-year Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) teamed up for an 8-5 win in the No. 2 doubles match, with Gross also cruising to a 6-2, 6-0 victory in singles play. First-year Andrew Jung (Battle Creek, MI) surrendered a combined one point in his singles and doubles matches, as he and junior Dan Kim (Springfield, MO) walked away with an 8-1 win in Amherst’s final doubles match before Jung blanked his opponent in the No. 2 singles match, 6-0, 6-0.

Amherst has won five consecutive matches to improve to 7-3 during its strenuous Spring Break trip. Saturday’s match against Caltech and pair of matches at the Stag-Hen Invitational will wrap up the week for the Lord Jeffs, who will begin their northern schedule on Saturday, Mar. 28, with a pair of matches at Skidmore College.

Amherst College def. Whittier College, 8-1
1. Zack Lerner (AC) def. Sean Robertson (WC) 6-1, 6-1
2. Andrew Jung (AC) def. Justin Delong (WC) 6-0, 6-0
3. Priit Gross (AC) def. Patricio Carregha (WC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Surainder Asokaraj (AC) def. Lance Franey (WC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Scott London (AC)    def. Gavin Smith (WC) 6-0, 6-1
5. Frank Sun (WC) def. Dan Gonzalez (AC) 6-3, 6-3

1. Zack Lerner/Moritz Koenig (AC) def. Sean Robertson/Justin DeLong (WC) 8-3
2. Austin Chafetz/Priit Gross (AC) def. Lance Franey/Patricio Carregha (WC) 8-5
3. Dan Kim/Andrew Jung (AC) def. Gavin Smith/Frank Sun (WC) 8-1

Amherst College def. Hope College, 6-3
(Stag-Hen Invitational Quarterfinals)
1. John Pelton (HC) def. Julian Camacho (AC) 6-4, 6-1
2. Sean Doerfler (AC) def. John Gardner (HC) 6-4, 6-0
3. Wes Waterman (AC) def. John Schlotz (HC) 6-2, 6-0
4. Zach Huber (HC) def. Roby Sorrel (AC) 6-4, 6-4
5. Tony Sheng (AC) def. Jeff Vredenburg (HC) 6-1, 7-5
6. Alex Kaufman (AC) def. Alex Hughes (HC) 6-2, 6-2

1. John Gardner/John Pelton (HC) def. Sean Doerfler/Robby Sorrel (AC) 8-5
2. Wes Waterman/Julian Camacho (AC) def. Zach Huber/John Schlotz  (HC) 8-4
3. Alex Gumport/Jon Thaler (AC) def. Jeff Vredenburg/Alex Hughes (HC) 8-2