Amherst Wraps up Day One of Individual Championships; Lerner, Chafetz Earn ITA Regional Awards

Zack Lerner
CLAREMONT, CA – Amherst College senior Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) and first-year Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) were each eliminated from the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship Round of 32 Friday morning, but Lerner and sophomore Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) advanced to Saturday's quarterfinal round in the doubles tournament with a victory Friday afternoon.

For advancing as the #4 seed in the tournament, Lerner and Koenig will each earn Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America honors in doubles play for the first time in their careers. As the #8 seed in the singles tournament, Lerner will also earn an All-America nod for the third consecutive season.

Lerner was also honored by the ITA as the Northeast Senior Player of the Year for leading the Lord Jeffs to their most successful season in program history. In addition to being named the conference’s Co-Player of the Year, he was also one of only two players to earn All-NESCAC First Team honors as both a singles and doubles player.

Moritz Koenig
This is not the first ITA regional honor for Lerner, who was named the Northeast Regional Player to Watch in 2007. In addition to earning an All-NESCAC First Team honor and advancing to the NCAA Singles Quarterfinal Round as a sophomore, Lerner posted a 15-2 record in dual matches.

Also earning prestigious ITA honors was Chafetz, who was named the Northeast Rookie of the Year to go along with his NESCAC Rookie of the Year and All-Conference Second Team nods. Chafetz led an exceptional group of young Amherst players this year, finishing the season with 12 consecutive singles victories in dual match play.

Chafetz had his impressive debut season come to an end Friday with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to David Maldow of Johns Hopkins University in the Round of 32. Lerner was also paired up with a Johns Hopkins player in the singles tournament, but his run was brought to a halt after a 6-2, 6-1 setback to Andrew Wang.

Austin Chafetz
Lerner kept his career going when he and Koenig teamed up to defeat Mike Reading and Cameron Spearman of the University of Redlands, 6-2, [3-6], 6-3. The Lord Jeffs will continue their quest for the program’s first national doubles title when they take on Charlie Cutler and Chris Hoeland of Washington University (St. Louis) Saturday at 5 p.m. (ET) at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California. Lerner and Koenig defeated Cutler and Hoeland this past Wednesday in the national semifinals of the team championships, 8-5.

For complete results and links to Saturday's live results, visit the Amherst Championship Website.

NCAA Singles Championship Round of 32
Andrew Wang (Johns Hopkins) def. Zack Lerner (Amherst) 6-2, 6-1
David Maldow (Johns Hopkins) def. Austin Chafetz (Amherst) 6-1, 6-4

NCAA Doubles Championship Round of 16
Zack Lerner/Moritz Koenig def. Mike Reading/Cameron Spearman (Redlands) 6-2, [3-6], 6-3