Jeffs Drop Second Straight as Tartans Rally, 5-4

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. – The Amherst College men’s tennis team won all three doubles matches, but a huge comeback in singles play gave host Carnegie Mellon University a 5-4 dual match victory over the Lord Jeffs on Sunday. With Ben Fife ’16 the only singles winner for Amherst, the loss ended a tough weekend road trip for the Jeffs following Saturday’s defeat at Johns Hopkins.

Things started in promising fashion for Amherst as the Jeffs dominated doubles competition, winning all three matches. Mark Kahan ’13 and Aaron Revzin ’16 got things going with an 8-5 win over Will Duncan and Duke Miller at first doubles before Jon Cypers ’15 and Andrew Scheiner ’15 won the #3 match, topping Christian Heaney-Secord and Bryce Beisswanger, 8-4. Rookies Fife and Andrew Yaraghi completed the sweep, besting Kosuke Hasegawa and Thomas Cooper, 9-7.

Momentum shifted drastically as the squads moved to singles play, however, with the host Tartans winning the first four matches. First it was Yuvraj Kumar topping Revzin at #4, 6-0, 6-4, before Duncan bested Scheiner at sixth, 6-1, 6-4. Kahan was then dealt his second loss of the season, falling to Abhishek Alla at third singles, 6-4, 6-4, as Carnegie Mellon tied the match, 3-3. Another top Amherst player fell next, as ITA Regional Champion Yaraghi suffered his first collegiate defeat, dropping the first singles match to Heaney-Secord, 6-2, 6-3.

Trailing 4-3, the Jeffs were left hoping for some late heroics to avoid their second dual meet setback in as many days. Fife faced Miller at second singles in the match’s penultimate contest, and the Amherst rookie did not disappoint, taking the opening set 7-5 then overcoming a 6-4 loss to win the decisive third set, 6-2.

With the score tied, 4-4, all eyes shifted to the finish of the fifth singles match between Cypers and Hasegawa. The Jeff sophomore kept things close, but the Tartans would ultimately complete the comeback as Hasegawa brought home the victory, 7-5, 7-5.

Amherst will look to right the ship at Wesleyan on Saturday, Oct. 13.

carnegie mellon 5, amherst 4
Doubles
1. Mark Kahan/Aaron Revzin (A) def. Will Duncan/Duke Miller (C), 8-5
2. Ben Fife/Andrew Yaraghi (A) def. Kosuke Hasegawa/Thomas Cooper (C), 9-7)
3. Jon Cypers/Andrew Scheiner (A) def. Christian Heaney-Secord/Bryce Beisswanger, 8-4
Singles
1. Christian Heaney-Secord (C) def. Andrew Yaraghi (A), 6-2, 6-3
2. Ben Fife (A) def, Duke Miller, 7-5, 4-6, 6-2
3. Abhishek Alla (C) def. Mark Kahan (A), 6-4, 6-4
4. Yuvraj Kumar (C) def. Aaron Revzin (A), 6-0, 6-4
5. Kosuke Hasegawa (C) def. Jon Cypers (A), 7-5, 7-5
6. Will Duncan (C) def. Andrew Scheiner (A), 6-1, 6-4