Athletics

Jeffs Take Two From Middlebury, Oneonta

Contact: Ben Badua

AMHERST, Mass. - The 17th-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team closed out its regular season with a pair of wins over NESCAC rival No. 9 Middlebury (7-2) and SUNY Oneonta (9-0).

Extending their dual match win streak to 13 games, the Jeffs (26-7/8-0 NESCAC) will host next weekend’s conference championship on May 3-5.

Notching one of two Panther wins on the afternoon, Alex Johnston ’14 and Andrew Lebovitz ’14 edged out Chris Dale ’14 and Andrew Yaraghi ’16 at first doubles, 8-6. Amherst’s Michael Solimano ’16 and Mark Kahan ’13 dispatched of Brantner Jones ’14 and Palmer Campbell ’16 at second doubles, while Joey Fritz ’14 and Justin Reidel ’14 upended Spencer Lunghino ’13 and William Oberrender ’13, 8-4.

In singles action, Fritz rallied from a 7-5 first set loss to Johnston, taking the final two frames at first singles by scores of 7-5 and 10-4. Kahan and Yaraghi each logged 6-3, 6-3 wins over Jones and Campbell at second and third singles, respectively, while Lunghino recorded a 6-3, 7-6 decision over Ben Fife ’16. Dale rallied past Jackson Frons ’16, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9), in the fifth slot, while Reindel defeated Teddy Fitzgibbons ’14, 6-3, 7-5 at the bottom of the order.

Against Oneonta, Aaron Revzin ’16 and Andrew Scheiner ’15 shut out Mackenzie Park ’15 and Michael Kennelly ’14 at first doubles. Carlos de Bracamonte ’16 and Russell Einbinder ’16 made quick work of Benjamin Leighton ’14 and Adam Slifkin ’13 (8-0), while Alex Kim ’13 and Surain Asokaraj ’13 blanked Joseph Morris ’16 and Ryohei Nakamura ’14 at third doubles.

Kim dropped just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 triumph over Kennelly at first singles, while Einbinder took down Leighton, 6-0, 6-1. Winning the first set of his third singles match with Park, 6-0, Revzin closed things out with a 6-2 win in the second. Asokaraj kept the Jeffs rolling, beating Slifkin, 6-0, 6-1, while Dan Keolasy ’13 shutout Nakamura, 6-0, 6-0. Will Rives ’13 held his own at the bottom of the lineup with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Morris.

No. 17 Amherst 7, No. 9 Middlebury 2
Doubles
1. Johnston/Lebovitz (M) def. Dale/Yaraghi (A), 8-6
2. Solimano/Kahan (A) def. Jones/Campbell (M), 9-8 (7)
3. Fritz/Reindel (A) def. Lunghino/Oberrender (M), 8-4
Singles
1. Fritz (A) def. Johnston (M), 5-7, 7-5, 10-4
2. Kahan (A) def. Jones (M), 6-3, 6-3
3. Yaraghi (A) def. Campbell (M), 6-3, 6-3
4. Lunghino (M) def. Fife (A), 6-3, 7-6
5. Dale (A) def. Frons (M), 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (9)
6. Reindel (A) def. Fitzgibbons (M), 6-3, 7-5

No. 17 Amherst 9, SUNY Oneonta 0
Doubles
1. Revzin/Scheiner (A) def. Park/Kennelly (O), 8-0
2. deBracamonte/Einbinder (A) def. Leighton/Slifkin (O), 8-0
3. Kim/Asokaraj (A) def. Morris/Nakamura (O), 8-0
Singles
1. Kim (A) def. Kennelly (O), 6-0, 6-1
2. Einbinder (A) def. Leighton (O), 6-0, 6-1
3. Revzin (A) def. Park (O), 6-0, 6-2
4. Asokaraj (A) def. Slifkin (O), 6-0, 6-1
5. Keolasy (A) def. Nakamura (O), 6-0, 6-0
6. Rives (A) def. Morris (O), 6-2, 6-2