Jeffs Headed to National Quarterfinals
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AMHERST, Mass. – With a pair of NCAA opening round wins over Stevens and No. 16 Bowdoin, the fourth-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team has advanced to a sixth-consecutive national quarterfinal.
Team competition begins on Monday, May 19, with the individual singles and doubles tournaments slated to start on Thursday, May 22. Joining the Jeffs at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Biszantz Family Tennis Center are No. 9 Case Western, No. 1 CMS, No. 6 Emory, No. 7 Johns Hopkins, No. 3 Middlebury, No. 8 Trinity (TX) and No. 2 Washington (St. Louis).
Amherst will take on No. 6 Emory at 3 p.m. on May 19, with the winner advancing to face the winner of Trinity (TX) and Wash-U. CMS squares off against Johns Hopkins in the first quarterfinal match of the day with Middlebury drawing Case Western.
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In the midst of its 16th NCAA championship appearance, the Jeffs are 30-14 all-time in NCAA play. In seven previous trips to the national quarterfinals, Amherst is 4-3. Last year, the Purple & White took third overall, falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the semifinals (5-0) before rebounding in the consolation match against Washington (St. Louis) (5-2). During the team’s last visit to Claremont in 2011, Amherst captured its first-ever national championship, defeating Emory, 5-2.
STORY SO FAR
Opening the year 12-2, Amherst (33-3) enjoyed a 17-match win streak during the middle of the year before falling to Middlebury (5-4) on the final day of the NESCAC regular season. Upending Williams (5-1) in the conference semifinals, the Jeffs avenged their setback to the Panthers with a 5-1 triumph in the league title tilt to claim their sixth NESCAC crown. Hosting the NCAA regional rounds the Jeffs cruised to a sixth quarterfinal berth, dispatching of Stevens (5-0) and No. 16 Bowdoin (5-1).
1. Joey Fritz/Justin Reindel
2. Aaron Revzin/Andrew Yaraghi
3. Chris Dale/Michael Solimano
1. Joey Fritz
2. Chris Dale
3. Michael Solimano
4. Anton Zykov
5. Andrew Yaraghi
6. Justin Reindel
The ITA Northeast Region’s top doubles pairing, Joey Fritz ’14 and Justin Reindel ’14 enter next week’s quarterfinal having won 15 of their last 16 dual matches. With an 18-5 overall mark in 2014, Amherst’s top tandem should once again play a pivotal role in the Jeffs’ quest for a second national championship.
Sophomores Aaron Revzin and Andrew Yaraghi are 7-2 at second doubles this season, while Chris Dale ’14 and Michael Solimano ’16 sport a 4-0 mark. Having played together just twice prior to regionals, Dale and Solimano took both third doubles points against Stevens and Bowdoin. With other partners, Solimano carries a 20-5 overall doubles record, while Dale has gone 10-2.
The top-ranked singles player in the region, Fritz has gone 15-4 in dual matches. Headlining the Jeffs’ singles order, Fritz enjoyed an eight-match win streak from Mar. 22-Apr. 19. Ranked ninth in the Northeast, Dale is 9-2 at second singles, piecing together nine-straight victories from Mar. 21-Apr. 20.
Slotted 17th in the ITA’s latest regional rankings, Solimano has seen time at first through third singles. Having won 12-straight matches, the sophomore is 16-2 on the year with an unblemished 9-0 ledger at third singles. Making an immediate impact in his rookie season, first-year Anton Zykov is 16-5, going 8-2 at No. 3 and 5-2 at No. 4.
A versatile player, Yaraghi has seen action at first through fifth singles. Winning each of his last 10 outings, he is 17-3 overall and 6-0 at fifth singles. A staple in the bottom half of the Jeff lineup, Reindel has held his own, going 15-3.