Lord Jeffs Rout Williams 5-0 in NESCAC Semis; Will Face Middlebury in Final

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - The Amherst College men's tennis team routed archrival Williams College this afternoon. winning the match 5-0 in the NESCAC Championship tournament's semifinal round. The Lord Jeffs took a 3-0 lead after doubles play, and closed out the decision with a pair of singles wins. Amherst will face Middlebury tomorrow at 9 a.m. in the conference title match, looking to avenge their only NESCAC loss of the year.

Middlebury secured its spot in tomorrow's title bout with a 5-1 win over Bowdoin College this morning. In the only meeting this season, the then 6th-ranked Panthers topped the 5th-ranked Jeffs 5-4 in a marathon match that ultimately gave Middlebury the top-seed this weekend.

In what was a highly contested match in the regular season, the match up today proved more one sided than expected.  Amherst surged in doubles play to take a 3-0 lead before quickly capturing two singles matches for the 5-0  win over the Ephs in the NESCAC semifinals.

Williams appeared to be en route to taking at least two of the three doubles matches, with Nick Lebedoff and Will Petrie ahead 5-0 at court two and Jeremy Weinberger and Kevin Shallcross up a break at court three.  The Amherst pair at court two, Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)  and Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia), earned their win with eight straight games for an 8-5 win.  Amherst took points at court one with an 8-6 victory, and another come back match at court three, 8-6.

Amherst went into singles play needed just two wins to seal the victory and advance to tomorrow. They earned those points from Chafetz and Mortiz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany). Weinberger and Chafetz played an exciting three set match in their previous go around in the regular season.  While Chafetz came out on the top end of that match and today’s match, he had an easier time this afternoon, winning 6-4, 6- 0. Koenig took down Petrie in straight sets with a dominating 6-1, 6-1.

Amherst 5, Williams 0 ~ Williamstown, MA ~ NESCAC Semifinals ~ May 2, 2009
Doubles-
1)    Lerner/Koeing (A) def. Thacher/Chaplin (W) --- 8-6
2)    Gross/Chafetz (A) def. Lebedoff/Petrie (W) --- 8-5
3)    Waterman/Jung (A) def. Weinberger/Shallcross (W) --- 8-6
Singles-
1)    Lebedoff (W) vs. Lerner (A) --- DNF
2)    Chafetz (A) def. Jeremy Weinberger (W) --- 6-4, 6-0
3)    Devlin (W) vs. Jung (A) --- DNF
4)    Koeing (A) def. Petrie (W) --- 6-1, 6-1
5)    Shallcross (W) vs. Gross (A) --- DNF
6)    Furmaga (W) vs. Waterman (A) --- DNF