Three Jeffs Still Alive at ITA Regionals
By Matthew Hart
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Ben Fife, Mark Kahan (right), and Andrew Yaraghi each advanced to the round of 16 in singles competition as the Amherst College men’s tennis team continued to compete at the ITA Regional Tournament at Williams on Saturday. In doubles play, Kahan and Russel Einbinder advanced to the quarterfinals before falling to the Ephs’ Brian Astrachan and Bryan Chow.
The top-seeded singles player in the 64-person field, Kahan breezed by Colby’s Sam Bachelder, 6-1, 6-0, in his opening-round match Friday. With wet weather forcing the competition indoors, play continued late into Friday night with Kahan besting Pierre Planche of Bates, 7-5, 6-3, to earn a matchup with Middlebury’s Alex Parower in the round of 16. The winner of that match will go on to face eighth-seeded Steven Milo of Brandeis.
Yaraghi, also seeded in the tournament’s top 16, cruised through his first two matches Friday, topping MIT’s Matt Skalak, 6-2, 6-2, then racing past Kyle Wolstencroft of Bowdoin, 6-1, 6-1. The road to the quarterfinals will likely be tougher, however, as Yaraghi next faces Edwin Zhang of MIT, the fifth-seeded player in the field.
Meanwhile, Fife fought hard Friday, earning a three-set victory (1-6, 6-0, 10-4) over Nichols’ Justin Deluca in the first round then upsetting Ned Mandel of Trinity, 6-4, 6-3. The wins earned Fife a chance to battle sixth-seeded Matt Bettles of Bates for a quarterfinal matchup with Bowdoin’s Noah Bragg.
In the 32-team doubles bracket, Kahan and Einbinder took down Ford Traff and Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity, 8-3, before edging Mitch Krems and Alec Siegel of Brandeis, 9-7. The run ended there, however, as Chow and Astrachan topped the Amherst pair, 8-5, in Saturday’s quarterfinal match.
In other doubles action, Fife and Yaraghi notched an 8-2 first-round victory over Babson’s Ramone Doyley and Roberto Perez before a hard-fought 8-6 loss to the tournament’s top-seeded duo, Matt Bettles and Robert Crampton of Bates.
Day One Recap