Jeffs Pick up Big Wins on Day One of Individual Championships

Contact: Justin Long

Jordan Brewer '14 will compete in the quarterfinals of the singles and doubles tournaments on Saturday.

CLAREMONT, CA – Just one day after wrapping up the team portion of the 2011 NCAA Division III Championships, select members of the Amherst College tennis teams began their quests for individual national titles. The Lord Jeffs are still in the running for the men’s and women’s doubles crowns, while Jordan Brewer ’14 advanced in the women’s singles bracket.

Brewer was the women’s team’s lone representative in the singles competition, and she made things look easy by losing a combined four games in a pair of wins. Her morning began with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Sweet Briar’s Ariel Taylor, followed by a 6-0, 6-1 win over Denison’s Kristin Cobb in the early afternoon. The No. 4 seed in the tournament, Brewer will face seventh-seeded Julia Browne ’11 of Tufts Saturday at noon (EST) in the quarterfinals.

Taking the court for the third time in seven hours, Brewer then teamed up with classmate Gabby Devlin ’14 as the No. 4 seed in the doubles tournament. Their match with Lauren Lukas and Trelsie Sadler of Washington and Lee University was knotted at 3-3 in the first set, but the Lord Jeffs would control the rest of the match. Amherst took the final three games of the opening set and cruised to a 6-2 win in the second, with Devlin driving home an ace to close it out. Brewer and Devlin will take on DePauw’s Janelle Arita and Kelly Gebert Saturday at 5 p.m. (EST) in the quarterfinals.

The Amherst men did not see the same success Brewer saw in the singles tournament, as Mark Kahan ’13 and Luis Rattenhuber ’13 each fell in the opening round. Kahan posted a 1-1 record in last year’s tournament, but he would bow out on Friday with a 6-0, 7-5 loss to third-seeded Brian Pybas of UC Santa Cruz. Kahan’s clinching victory in Thursday’s title match bumped his singles win streak to 18, as he finishes the 2010-11 season with a 22-4 record.

Moritz Koenig '11 added another day to what has been
an outstanding career at Amherst.

Rattenhuber wrapped up his outstanding singles season by suffering a hard-fought 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5) loss to Andrew Wang of Johns Hopkins University. An All-NESCAC First Team selection, Rattenhuber will also earn All-America status for being named the No. 7 seed in the NCAA singles tournament. He posted a 12-4 record in dual match play this year, finishing at 14-6 overall as Amherst’s top player.

Rattenhuber then joined Austin Chafetz ’12 in a rematch with Trinity University’s Bobby Cocanougher and Cory Kowal, who the Lord Jeffs defeated Tuesday in the team quarterfinals. Both teams continued to hold serve in the opening set until Amherst finally broke Trinity to take a 6-5 lead, and the Jeffs would hold on for the 7-5 win. The second set was a much different story, with a Rattenhuber ace capping off a 6-1 result. The Lord Jeffs will take on fourth-seeded Isaac Stein and Max Woods (Washington-St. Louis) Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) in the quarterfinals.

Also representing Amherst in the men’s doubles tournament were Moritz Koenig ’11 and Wes Waterman ’12. The Lord Jeff duo defeated Emory’s No. 2 team in Thursday’s team championship, but on Friday they would have to upset the Eagle’s top pairing of Chris Goodwin and Will Humphreys, who earned the No. 3 seed in the doubles tournament. Emory won the first set, 7-5, but the Jeffs battled back for a pair of 6-2 victories to mark an impressive upset. Waterman and Koenig will face Cameron Spearman and Jeff Casserd of Redlands Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (EST) in the quarterfinal round.

Highlighting Saturday’s action will be the rematch between Brewer and Browne in the women’s quarterfinals. Browne is the defending NCAA singles champion and was recently named the ITA National Senior Player of the Year, while Brewer was selected as this year’s ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year. Brewer defeated Browne in the ITA Regional Championship semifinals (6-2, 6-3) back in September, while Browne held a 1-0 lead over Brewer in the third set of Tuesday’s team quarterfinals.

Live scoring will be available for all of Saturday’s matches, which will be played at Claremont-McKenna’s Biszantz Family Tennis Center and Pomona-Pitzer’s Pauley Tennis Complex in Claremont, Calif. For more information on the singles and doubles tournaments, visit the Amherst men's and women's championship websites.