Jeffs Move to 23-4 with 8-1 Wins Over Babson, Bowdoin
Junior Robert Abbey earned an impressive come-from-behind win against Babson.
Amherst’s final match of the regular season will take place on Sunday, Apr. 26 against Middlebury College with the top seed in the NESCAC on the line. The fifth-ranked Lord Jeffs will host the seventh-ranked Panthers (15-2, 6-0) at 1 p.m. in a battle of the lone teams yet to lose a NESCAC match.
In Sunday’s first match against Babson, Amherst took two of the three doubles points and nearly got a third as sophomores Alex Gumport (Summit, NJ) and Max Gumport (Summit, NJ) fell in a close match at #2, 9-8 (7-5).
With a very young lineup playing against the Beavers, the Lord Jeffs were led by the junior tandem of Alex Kaufman (Woodside, CA) and Robert Abbey (San Francisco, CA). While Kaufman earned a 6-1, 6-1 win at #5, Abbey pulled out an impressive come-from-behind victory at #6.
Bowdoin earned a convincing 5-0 win over Amherst a year ago, but this time around the fifth-ranked Jeffs displayed exceptional growth with an 8-1 win over the 11th-ranked Polar Bears. The hosts jumped out to a quick lead with an 8-2 win by senior captain Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) and sophomore Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) at #1 doubles, which was followed by a pair of very close matches that saw Amherst come out on top in each.
The momentum from sweeping doubles play carried over into a dominant singles session for the Jeffs, with first-years Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) clinching the team’s victory with quick wins at #2 and #6, respectively.
Also picking up quick wins in singles play were Lerner and first-year Andrew Jung (Battle Creek, MI), while Koenig earned an impressive 6-4, [4-6], 11-9 victory at #4. Sophomore Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia) fell in a tiebreaker to Bowdoin’s Jamie Neely in the #5 match to mark the visitors’ lone point of the afternoon.
#5 Amherst def. Babson, 8-1
1) Sorrel/Camacho (A) def. Kamergorodsky/Lafayette (B), 8-3
2) Numa/Albert (B) def. A. Gumport/M. Gumport (A), 9-8 (7-5)
3) Thaler/London (A) def. Lin/Dutton (B), 8-3
1) Surain Asokaraj (A) def. Alex Kamergorodsky (B) 6-3, 6-0
2) Julian Camacho (A) def. Justin Albert (B) 6-0, 6-4
3) Robby Sorrel (A) def. Kem Lin (B) 6-1, 6-3
4) Tony Sheng (A) def. Austin Conti (B) 6-1, 6-1
5) Alex Kaufman (A) def. Brian Lafayette (B) 6-1, 6-1
6) Robert Abbey (A) def. Moises Numa (B) [4-6], 6-0, 10-6
#5 Amherst def. #11 Bowdoin, 8-1
1) Lerner/Koenig (A) def. Pena/Neely (B), 8-2
2) Gross/Chafetz (A) def. Caughron/Sullivan (B), 9-7
3) Waterman/Jung (A) def. White/Anderson (B), 9-8 (4)
1) Zack Lerner (A) def. Steve Sullivan (B) 6-4, 6-2
2) Austin Chafetz (A) def. Oscar Pena (B) 6-2, 6-1
3) Andrew Jung (A) def. Alex White (B) 6-4, 7-5
4) Moritz Koenig (A) def. Alex Caughron (B) 6-4, [4-6], 11-9
5) Jamie Neely (B) def. Priit Gross (A) [4-6], 6-1, 10-3
6) Wes Waterman (A) def. Josh Cranin (B) 6-3, 6-2