Koenig, Waterman Claim Doubles Title at ITA Regional Championships
Wes Waterman '12 (left) and Moritz Koenig '11 (right) won the doubles title at the ITA Regional Championships.
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Amherst College men’s tennis standouts Moritz Koenig ’11 (Hamburg, Germany) and Wes Waterman ’12 (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) teamed up to win the doubles title at this weekend’s USTA/ITA New England Championships, held at Williams College.
The doubles crown was guaranteed to go home with Amherst after Koenig and Waterman were matched up against teammates Mark Kahan ’13 (Unionville, CT) and Luis Rattenhuber ’13 (Munich, Germany) in Sunday’s finals. The title bout came down to the wire, but it was Koenig and Waterman who upset the tournament’s No. 3 seed, 9-8(7).
After defeating opponents from Middlebury and MIT in the opening rounds, Koenig and Waterman advanced to the semifinals with an impressive 8-3 win over top-seeded Nick White and Simon Miller of Brandeis. The Lord Jeffs then knocked off Bryan Chow and Matt Micheli of archrival Williams, 8-4, to set up their showdown with Amherst’s favored duo.
Before falling in the finals, the sophomore tandem of Kahan and Rattenhuber defeated opponents from Brandeis, Bowdoin, Bates and Middlebury. Their second-round match against Chris Lord and Josh Roer of Bowdoin resulted in a 9-7 score, but the Lord Jeffs had little trouble in their other three wins, posting scores of 8-3, 8-2 and 8-3.
Also competing for Amherst in the doubles tournament were Robby Sorrel ’12 (Scarsdale, NY) and Justin Reindel ’14 (White Plains, NY), who defeated Bates College’s Peter Yanofsky and Kyle Desisto in the opening round before falling to Middlebury’s Bratner Jones and Andy Peters, 8-5.
Kahan and Rattenhuber led the Lord Jeffs in the singles tournament by advancing to the quarterfinal round. As the No. 3 seed, Kahan earned a first-round bye and defeated players from Trinity and Middlebury before losing in three sets to sixth-seeded Matt Bettles of Bates (6-3, 4-6, 6-2).
Rattenhuber earned the No. 5 seed and an opening-round bye, moving past Clark University’s Diego Angel in the second round, 7-5, 6-3. The Lord Jeff newcomer dropped his first set to Rob Crampton of Bates in the third round, 6-2, but he battled back to win the next two sets, 7-6(6) and 6-2. In the quarterfinals, Rattenhuber took the first set from fourth-seeded Felix Sun of Williams, 6-1, but lost each of the next two by a score of 6-4. Sun went on to defeat Bettles in the finals.
Waterman won his first two matches in straight sets, defeating Neal Oliver of Wheaton (6-3, 6-2) and Nick Martin of Coast Guard (6-3, 6-0). The Lord Jeff junior ran into the tournament's top seed in the third round, as Andy Peters of Middlebury moved on with a 6-3, 6-0 result.
Koenig was awarded a bye as the No. 7 seed, but he would have an early exit thanks to a 6-1, 6-3 loss to Micheli. Sorrel was also one-and-done for Amherst, falling in the opening round to Tim Berg of Bates in three sets. Rounding out the Lord Jeffs in singles competition was Reindel, who defeated Tommy Kimball (Colby) and Rich Bonfiglio (Trinity) but could not hang with No. 2 seed Stephen Sullivan (Bowdoin), who advanced with a 6-2, 6-3 result.
This weekend marked the first time in at least 10 years Amherst has won either the singles or doubles title at the ITA Regional Championships. The Lord Jeffs will next send their junior varsity squad to the Dartmouth Invitational, which begins Friday, Oct. 1.