Amherst Advances to Semifinals in NCAA Doubles Tournaments

Contact: Justin Long

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Wes Waterman '12 (pictured) and Moritz Koenig '11 kept their season alive with another come-from-behind win.

CLAREMONT, CA – Members of the Amherst College men’s and women’s tennis teams kept their seasons alive with impressive showings in the NCAA Doubles Championship Saturday afternoon at Pomona-Pitzer College. The semifinal round will begin Sunday at 4 p.m. (EST), followed by the championship matches at 7 p.m.

Closing out a busy Saturday for Amherst were Moritz Koenig ’11 and Wes Waterman ’12, who earned their second come-from-behind victory in as many days to advance to the semifinals. The Lord Jeffs’ number two pairing dropped their first set to Jeff Casserd and Cameron Spearman of Redlands but battled back to take the next two by scores of 6-3 and 6-1.

The turning point of the Amherst-Redlands match came in the second set, with Koenig and Waterman trailing 40-love in the fourth game. The Jeffs came all the way back to win the game and tie things up at 2-2, and they would go on to win the set comfortably, 6-3. Redlands held serve to take a 1-0 lead in the third set, but the next six games went to Amherst. The match would end with a Koenig forehand that left Casserd and Spearman helpless, setting up Sunday’s semifinal showdown with Zhenya Pereverzin and Ronald Wu of Claremont.

Austin Chafetz ’12 and Luis Rattenhuber ’13 came up short of joining Waterman and Koenig in the semifinals, suffering a 6-3, 6-3 loss to fourth-seeded Isaac Stein and Max Woods of Washington University-St. Louis. Chafetz and Rattenhuber finished the dual match season with a 10-3 record, putting together an eight-match win streak before falling in the finals of the team championship. With Friday’s win in the doubles tournament’s opening round, both Lord Jeffs will earn All-America status.

Moving on to Sunday’s semifinal round on the women’s side are fourth-seeded Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14, who earned a 6-2, 6-1 win over DePauw’s Janelle Arita and Kelly Gebert in the quarterfinals. The Lord Jeffs got off to a 4-0 lead in the opening set and took a 5-0 advantage in the second, as Arita and Gebert fought back in each frame but could not overcome their deficits. As the tournament’s No. 4 seed, Brewer and Devlin will take on second-seeded Kristin Lim and Crystal Lim of Claremont on Sunday.

Brewer’s run in the singles tournament came to an end with a 6-2, 6-1 loss to Tufts University’s Julia Browne, the defending national champion and 2011 ITA Senior Player of the Year. The NESCAC and ITA Northeast Rookie of the Year, Brewer’s debut season featured a 13-1 singles record during fall tournaments, including a 6-0 mark that won her the ITA Regional Championship title back in September. She would go on to post an 8-6 record in dual matches as Amherst’s top player, giving her a 23-8 overall mark and All-America status.

Live scoring will be available for all of Sunday’s matches, which will be played at 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.