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, MA – The Amherst College men’s tennis team increased its winning streak to 10 matches with 8-1 victories over Babson and Bowdoin colleges on Sunday. The Lord Jeffs improve to 23-4 (6-0 NESCAC), while Babson moves to an even 9-9 and Bowdoin drops to 10-5 (5-3 NESCAC).

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