Four Jeffs Earn All-NESCAC; Garner Named Coach of the Year
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Moritz Koenig '11
Wes Waterman '12
Luis Rattenhuber '13
Mark Kahan '13
AMHERST, MA – Four members of the Amherst College men’s tennis team were recognized when the NESCAC announced its 2011 All-Conference Team today, while Chris Garner was named NESCAC Coach of the Year for leading the Lord Jeffs to their first conference title since 1992.
Earning postseason honors for the third time in as many years is senior captain Moritz Koenig (Hamburg, Germany), who joins teammate Wes Waterman ’12 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) on the First Team for doubles. Koenig and Waterman began the year by winning the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championship doubles crown at Williams, winning five matches and knocking off the tournament’s top seed along the way.
Since posting a 2-1 record in dual matches during a difficult fall lineup, Koenig and Waterman have recorded a 13-3 mark in the spring. The duo has won five straight and is 8-1 in its past nine matches, recently moving into the No. 2 hole in Amherst’s doubles ladder. This is Waterman’s first postseason honor, while Koenig also earned All-NESCAC recognition as a sophomore and junior. The Lord Jeff pair has been selected as one of 16 teams that will compete in the doubles tournament at the NCAA Championships May 27-29.
In addition to being recognized for his doubles play, Waterman earned a spot on this year’s All-NESCAC Second Team for his success in singles. Waterman posted a 2-1 record at the Regional Championships and won all three of his dual matches in the fall, and this spring he is 10-3 while playing anywhere from No. 2 to No. 6 in the lineup. In the latest ITA poll, Waterman came in at No. 21 in the Northeast singles rankings.
Landing on the All-NESCAC First Team in singles is Luis Rattenhuber ’13 (Munich, Germany), the top-ranked player in the Northeast. Rattenhuber has been extremely successful since transferring from San Diego State University, as he is currently atop the Lord Jeff singles and doubles ladders. Later this month he will compete as an individual in the singles and doubles tournaments at the NCAA Championships, with Austin Chafetz '12 serving as his doubles partner.
Rattenhuber posted a 3-0 record in the fall and is 8-3 this spring, having won each of his past four and leading comfortably in two others when play was stopped. Notably, he came from behind to defeat Williams College’s top player back in April, also earning a straight-set victory over his Middlebury counterpart in the regular season finale.
Rounding out Amherst’s All-NESCAC honorees is Mark Kahan ’13 (Unionville, CT), who earned a spot on the Second Team for his singles play. A Second Team selection in singles and doubles a year ago, Kahan lost his first dual match of the spring but is 13-0 since, spending most of his time in the No. 2 hole.
Kahan’s biggest win of the season came against Williams, as he overcame a 4-1 deficit in the third set to clinch a 5-4 win for the Lord Jeffs. He wouldn’t need three sets in his second encounter with the Ephs, cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win in the NESCAC finals for his 13th consecutive victory. Kahan will join Rattenhuber in the singles tournament at the NCAA Championships.
Earning his second NESCAC Coach of the Year honor in the past three years, Chris Garner has led Amherst to a program-record 31 wins against only one loss this season. Ranked No. 1 in the Northeast and No. 2 in Division III, the Lord Jeffs posted an 8-0 conference record en route to their first NESCAC title since 1992. Along the way Amherst earned its first regular-season win over Middlebury since 2001, also picking up another pair of victories against Williams.
Garner has led Amherst to an 8-2 record in NCAA Tournament play these past two years, as the Jeffs finished as the national runners-up in 2009 and 2010. Amherst is currently in the midst of a 14-match win streak as one of the most dominant teams in the country, and the Jeffs will begin another title run this Saturday when they take on either Roger Williams or UMass Dartmouth at 9 a.m. For more information visit the NCAA Regional Championship Website.
2011 NESCAC All-Conference
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award
Coach of the Year