Jeffs Win Marathon Match Against Williams, 5-4

Mark Kahan '13 clinched the win for Amherst with a come-from-behind victory at No. 2.

AMHERST, MA – The fourth-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team increased its winning streak to six matches with a 5-4, come-from-behind victory over ninth-ranked Williams College Sunday afternoon. The Lord Jeffs improve to 23-1 (3-0 NESCAC), while the Ephs drop to 5-2 (0-1).

Williams took three of the first four points and was in line for the upset when Amherst’s top three singles players lost their first sets, but the Lord Jeffs dug deep and battled back for the gutsy win. Mark Kahan ’13 (Unionville, CT) clinched the comeback with an impressive win in the number two singles matchup.

Amherst got its lone point in doubles play when senior captain Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany) and Wes Waterman ’12 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) earned an 8-3 win over Bryan Chow and Matt Micheli in the No. 1 match. Williams took the other two doubles points and would bring the score to 3-1 when Chow defeated Koenig at number five (6-2, 7-6).

The Lord Jeffs took control from there, as Joey Fritz ’14 (Cincinnati, OH) gave Amherst its second point with a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 win over Richard Meyer at number three. Andrew Jung ’12 (Battle Creek, MI) then tied the score at 3-3 with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Dylan Page in the sixth singles matchup.

Amherst’s fourth point came in thrilling fashion when Luis Rattenhuber ’13 (Munich, Germany) outlasted Felix Sun—the ITA’s top-ranked player in the Northeast—in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 1. Sun won the first set, 6-4, but Rattenhuber came right back to win the second, 6-1. Sun held the slight edge throughout the third set, but Rattenhuber hung tough and came out on the winning end of an 8-6 tiebreaker.

Kahan’s victory over Micheli in the No. 2 match was the most impressive performance of the afternoon. Trailing 4-1 in the third set, Kahan rallied to win the next four games and take a 5-4 lead. Micheli regrouped and tied things up at 5-5, but the next two games belonged to Kahan, who clinched the win for Amherst when a shot by Micheli went long.

Closing out the match was Zach Weiss, who defeated Waterman in three sets (7-6, 2-6, 6-4) to bring the final score to 5-4. The Lord Jeffs, who are now 6-1 against their archrivals in the past seven meetings, will resume their conference schedule when they travel to take on Colby and Tufts next Saturday and Sunday.

#4 Amherst College def. #9 Williams College, 5-4
1) Wes Waterman/Moritz Koenig (A) def. Bryan Chow/Matt Micheli (W) 8-3
2) Richard Meyer/Felix Sun (W) def. Andrew Jung/Luis Rattenhuber (A) 8-4
3) Will Petrie/Kevin Shallcross (W) def. Joey Fritz/Mark Kahan (A) 8-6

1) Luis Rattenhuber (A) def. Felix Sun (W) 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(6)
2) Mark Kahan (A) def. Matt Micheli (W) 3-6, 7-5, 7-5
3) Joey Fritz (A) def. Richard Meyer (W) 4-6, 6-0, 6-4
4) Zach Weiss (W) def. Wes Waterman (A) 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-4
5) Bryan Chow (W) def. Moritz Koenig (A) 6-2, 7-6(5)
6) Andrew Jung (A) def. Dylan Page (W) 6-4, 6-2