Amherst Men's Tennis Wraps Busy Split Squad Weekend with Pair of Wins

Zack Lerner
Amherst's Zack Lerner went 3-0 in doubles, and 2-1 in singles
in a busy weekend for the men's tennis team.
AMHERST, MA - The 15th-ranked Amherst College men's tennis team spent its mid-semester break heading in seperate directions to tackle a tough slate of nationally ranked opponents. The top half of the line-up took a clean sweep of No. 19 Johns Hopkins, No. 14 Carnegie Mellon and No. 9 Kenyon College, while their teammates took on the Wallach Invitational at Bates College, before shutting out NESCAC rival Wesleyan University.

On Saturday afternoon, play started across six different flights at the Wallach, while Amherst took on Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, MD. Amherst took two out of three doubles matches, before grabbing four of the six singles bouts. Zack Lerner (Scarsdale, NY), Austin Chafetz (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) and Priit Gross (Tartu, Estonia) each won their doubles and singles matches against the Blue Jays.

The following day, Amherst defeated Carnegie Mellon University by the same 6-3 score. The top Lord Jeff doubles team of Lerner and sophomore Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) were impressive once again with a second consecutive 8-1 win. Gross and Lerner grabbed three-set singles wins, each winning their third and final sets 7-5.

The top half of the Amherst team wrapped up their three-day weekend with a match at 9th-ranked Kenyon College on Monday evening, ultimately winning 5-4. In a marathon that lasted nearly six hours, Amherst's Dan Kim (Springfield, MO) rallied from a 5-1 deficit in the third set to win the deciding match 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.

At the Wallach Invitational, Amherst saw a pair of players reach the final match of their flights. In the "B Flight" championship, Surainder Asokaraj (Acton, MA) fell to Bowdoin's Alex Caughron 4-6, 6-2, 10-2. In the "C Flight" finale, sophomore Tony Sheng (Aurora, IL) dropped the title to Garrett Schuman of Tufts 7-6 (8), 6-2.

The half of the team that played at Bates went on to finish its weekend at Wesleyan University on Monday afternoon. The Lord Jeffs toppled the host Cardinals 9-0 to improve the team's overall dual match record to 4-0 for the season.

At Wesleyan, Amherst swept all nine matches played, with five of the six singles matches going in the Lord Jeffs' favor in straight sets. Amherst sophomore Tristan Biesecker (Stanwood, WA) pulled out the lone three-set match, winning 5-7, 6-2, 6-4.

Click here to see Final Results from the Wallach Invitational

JHU

Amherst College 6, JohnsHopkinsUniversity 3
Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008 at JHU
Doubles
1 – Koenig/Lerner (A) def. Maldow/Wang (JHU) 8-1
2 – Blythe/Barnaby (JHU) def. Jung/Kim (A) 8-6
3 – Chafetz/Gross (A) def. Myers/Vale (JHU) 8-4
Singles
1 – Zack Lerner (A) def. Maldow (JHU) 6-0, 6-4
2 – Wang (JHU) def. Moritz Koenig (A) 6-2, 6-1
3 – Austin Chafetz (A) def. Blythe (JHU) 6-4, 6-3
4 – Andrew Jung (A) def. Elgort (JHU) 7-4, 7-5
5 – Priit Gross (A) def. Vale (JHU) 6-2, 6-4
6 – Ferrer (JHU) def. Dan Kim (A)  6-3, 6-3

 

CMU

Amherst College 6, CarnegieMellonUniversity 3
Sunday, Oct. 12, 2008 at CMU
Doubles
1- Lerner/Koenig (A) def. Muliawan/ Mactaggart (CMU) 8-1
2- Kim/Jung(A) def. Nemerov/ Raghavan (CMU) 9-7
3- Yiran Liu/Jon Spero (CMU) def. Chafetz/Gross (A) 9-8
Singles
1- Zack Lerner(A)def. Nemerov (CMU) 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-5
2- Muliawan (CMU) def. Moritz Koenig (A)6-3, 6-2
3- Austin Chafetz(A)def. Raghavan (CMU) 6-4, 6-3
4- Andrew Jung(A)def. Mactaggart (CMU) 7-6(6), 6-2
5- Priit Gross (A)def. Spero (CMU) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
6- Jeremy King(CMU) def. Dan Kim (A)6-3, 1-6, 7-5

Amherst College 9, WesleyanUniversity 0
wesleyanMonday, Oct. 13, 2008 at Wesleyan
Doubles
1 - Waterman/Camacho (A) def. O'Connell/Rizvi (W), 8-5
2 - Sorrel/Biesecker (A) def. Immerman/Piderit (W), 8-2
3 - Asokaraj/Sheng (A) def. Gerdes/Matt Buckley (W), 8-2
Singles
1 - Julian Camacho (A) def. Matt O'Connell (W), 6-3, 6-3
2 - Robby Sorrel (A) def. Graham Immermani (W), 7-6, 6-3
3 - Wes Waterman (A) def. Paul Gerdes (W), 6-2, 6-3
4 - Surain Asokaraj (A) def. Jaafar Rizvi (W), 6-3, 6-3
5 - Tony Sheng (A) def. Michael Piderit (W), 6-3, 6-2
6 - Tristan Biesecker (A) def. Alejandro Alvarado (W) 5-7, 6-2, 6-4

KenyonAmherst College 5, KenyonCollege 4
Oct 13, 2008 at Kenyon
Doubles
1- Lerner/Koenig (A) def. Greenberg/Piskacek (K) 8-0
2- Becker/Brody (K) def. Jung/Kim (A) 8-4
3- Chafetz/Gross (A) def. Polster/Stiles (K) 8-3
Singles
1- Michael Greenberg (K) def. Zack Lerner (A) 6-2, 6-2
2- Tomas Piskacek (K) def. Moritz Koenig (A) 6-2, 6-2
3- Austin Chafetz (A) def. Charles Brody (K) 6-1, 6-4
4- Andrew Jung (A) def. Daniel Becker (K) 7-5, 6-0
5- Jeremy Polster (K) def. Priit Gross (A) 7-5, 5-7, 7-5
6- Dan Kim (A) def. Joshua Stiles (K) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6