Jeffs Advance With 5-1 Win Over No. 6 Emory

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CLAREMONT, Calif. – The fourth-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team punched its ticket to a second-consecutive NCAA national semifinal with a 5-1 victory over No. 6 Emory University at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center.

Downing Emory in the quarterfinals for the second-straight year, the Jeffs improved to 3-0 all-time against the Eagles in NCAA play. Extending its win-streak to five, Amherst (34-3) will now face No. 8 Trinity University (TX), which upset second-ranked Washington University (St. Louis), 5-1. Tomorrow’s semifinal match is slated for 2 p.m.

Staking the Jeffs to an early advantage, sophomore standouts Aaron Revzin and Andrew Yaraghi dispatched of Ayush Bajoria ’14 and Jackson Isaacs ’14 at second doubles, 8-4. Opening up a four-game cushion on Eric Halpern ’15 and Simon Lavoie-Perusse ’14 in the third slot, Michael Solimano ’16 and Chris Dale ’14 quickly doubled the Jeff advantage with an 8-3 triumph.

Trailing Alex Ruderman ’15 and Ian Wagner ’15 at No. 1 (5-3), Joey Fritz ’14 and Justin Reindel ’14 battled back to knot it at 6-6. Still tied at 8-8, Emory’s duo staved off the Jeffs’ comeback bid, eventually recording a hard-fought 9-8 (9-7) win.

Capturing the first set of his third singles match against Raffaello Mosetick ’16 (6-4) Solimano jumped out to a commanding 5-0 lead in the second en route to a 6-1 decision. Taking the first frame of a No. 2 singles showdown against Halpern (6-1), Dale went up 5-3 in the second set before inching the Purple & White closer to victory by downing his Emory counterpart 6-4. Clinching it for Amherst, Reindel notched a pair of identical 6-3, 6-3 wins over Will Adams ’16 at the bottom of the order.

Fritz led Ruderman, 6-2, 4-3, at first singles at the time of the match’s completion. Anton Zykov ’17 trailed Wagner (4-6, 5-1) at No. 4 while Yaraghi was ahead of Nicholas Szczurek ’14, 7-5, 2-4.