Jeffs Go 2-1 on First Day in California

Contact: Matthew Hart
 
AMHERST, Mass. – The 19th-ranked Amherst College men’s tennis team swept College of the Desert, 9-0, edged Cerritos College, 5-4, and fell to NAIA powerhouse Vanguard University, 6-3,on Monday, the team’s first day of Spring Break competition in Southern California
 
AMHERST 5, CERRITOS 4
In one of three matches on Monday, the split-squad Jeffs edged out a narrow 5-4 victory over Cerritos College by taking the bottom two doubles matches after the squads ended singles play in a 3-3 tie. Each of the doubles contests were tightly contested, with seniors Will Rives and Matt Lerner beating Julian Avila and Gianni Jeong in the third match, 8-5, to help overcome Eli Mlaver ’14 and Philip Qu ’16 falling 8-6 to the Falcons’ Nathan Eshmade and Matthew Espiritu at first doubles. With the match tied 4-4, it all came down to the end of the No. 2 contest, and Amherst didn’t disappoint, with Birk Mitau ’16 and Kade Pettie ’15 pulling out a dramatic win  over Todd Jenkins and Maurice Grijalva in the tiebreaker, 9-8 (7-4).

Qu picked up one of three Amherst wins in singles play, breezing past Espiritu, 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, while Daniel Keolasy ’13 picked up an excited third singles win over Jenkins, 6-1, 1-6, 7-5. Karan Bains ’14 picked up the final singles point at No. 5, beating Avila, 6-1, 6-4.

Singles
Nathan Eshmade (C) def. Eli Mlaver (A), 2-6, 6-4, 6-3
Phillip Qu (A) def. Mathew Espiritu (C), 6-1, 6-2
Daniel Koelasy (A) def. Todd Jenkins (C), 6-4, 1-6 ,7-5
Maurice Grijalva (C) def. Will Rives (A), 1-6, 7-5, 6-4
Karan Bains (A) def. Julian Avila (C), 6-1, 6-4
Gianni Jeong (C) def. Matt Lerner (A), 0-6, 6-2, 6-4
Doubles
Eshmade/Espiritu (C) def. Mlaver/Qu (A), 8-6
Birk Mutau/Kade Pettie (A), def. Jenkins/Grijalva (C), 9-8 (7-4)
Rives/Lerner (A) def. Avila/Jeong (C), 8-5

VANGUARD 6, AMHERST 3
Ranked third nationally among NAIA programs, Vanguard improved to 15-0 on the season by taking the top four singles matches and two of three doubles affairs on its home courts in Costa Mesa. Amherst (1-3) grabbed an early lead with a win at second doubles as first-years Andrew Yaraghi and Aaron Revzin dispatched of Vanguard’s Radek Rosiak and Lukas Larsson, 8-5, but the Lions soon took over with wins at first and third as their top duo of Stefan Kilchhofer and Roger Muri took out Amherst’s Michael Solimano ’16 and Joey Fritz ’14, 8-4, and Jeff juniors Chris Dale and Justin Reindel were no match for Yahor Kryvaruchka and Daymon Johnson, also falling 8-4.

Leading 2-1 heading into singles play, Vanguard wrapped up its win with triumphs in the first three matches to be completed. Kilchhofer handled Yaraghi in the No. 1 contest, 6-0, 6-2, before Muri downed Dale at second singles, 6-1, 6-2, and Kryvaruchka clinched the team win with a 7-6, 6-1 win over Salimano at No. 4. The Lions added another triumph at third singles as Larsson edged Revzin, 6-3, 7-6, before Amherst picked up its last two points at the bottom of the order. In his only match of the day, Surain Askokaraj ’13 topped Rosiak at No. 6, 6-1, 7-6, before Reindel won a thrilling fifth contest in the tiebreak, edging Johnson, 3-6, 7-6, 12-10.

Doubles
1. Stefan Kilchhofer /Roger Muri (V) def. Michael Salimano/Joey Fritz (A), 8-4
2. Andrew Yaraghi/Aaron Revzin (A) def. Radek Rosiak/Lukas Larsson (V), 8-5
3. Yahor Kryvaruchka/Daymon Johnson (V) def. Chris Dale/Justin Reindel (A), 8-4
Singles
1. Kilchhofer (V) def. Yaraghi (A), 6-0,6-2
2. Muri (V) def. Dale (A), 6-1, 6-2
3. Larsson (V) def. Revzin (A), 6-3, 7-6
4. Kryvaruchka (V) def. Salimano (A), 7-6, 6-1
5. Reindel (A) def. Johnson (V), 3-6, 7-6, 12-10
6. Surain Askokaraj (A) def. Rosiak (V), 6-1, 7-6
 
AMHERST 9, COLLEGE OF THE DESERT 0
In its smoothest sailing of the day, the team raced to a 9-0 win over College of the Desert, winning all six singles matches in straight sets after a strong showing in doubles. Mark Kahan ’13 and Andrew Scheiner ’15 dominated at the top, taking down the Roadrunners’ top duo of Justin Seller and Carlos Val, 8-1, before Amherst first-years Russell Einbinder and Ben Fife handled Ryan Seril and Rafa Paroli, 8-3, and Justin Hendrix ’14 teamed up with Carlos de Bracamonte ’16 to complete the doubles sweep with an 8-4 triumph over Michael Rozenfield and Phillip Darts.

Playing a pair of rookies at the top of the singles ticket, Amherst was strong throughout the lineup as Fife powered past Seller at No. 1, 6-2, 6-1, and Einbinder made even quicker work of Seril at second, 6-2, 6-0. In the tightest set of the day, Scheiner took a 7-6 opener from Val at third singles before cruising in the second, 6-2. The bottom half was also efficient for Amherst, as de Bracamonte dismissed Paroli, 6-2, 6-1, Hendrix held off Rozenfeld, 6-1, 6-4 and Brenton Arnaboldi ’14 finished off the clean sheet with a 6-0, 6-4 handling of Darts.

Doubles
Andrew Scheiner/Mark Kahan def Justin Seller/Carlos Val 8-1
Russell Einbinder/Ben Fife def Ryan Seril/Rafa Paroli 8-3
Justin Hendrix/Carlos deBracamonte def Michael Rozenfield/Phillip Darts 8-4
Singles
Fife def Seller 6-2,6-1
Einbinder def Seril 6-2,6-0
Scheiner def Val 7-6,6-2
deBracamonte def Paroli 6-2,6-1
Hendrix def Rozenfeld 6-1,6-4
Brenton Arnaboldi def Darts 6-0,6-4