Amherst Closes Trip with Pair of Wins

AMHERST, Mass. – The top-ranked Amherst College men's tennis team closed its spring break trip with a pair of wins on Saturday, as the Lord Jeffs improved to 18-2 by defeating Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and San Diego Mesa College.

Claremont handed Amherst its only loss of the 2010-11 season, but the 18th-ranked Stags' comeback attempt fell short this time around. The deciding point came when Mark Kahan '13 overcame a 4-2 deficit in his third set at No. 1 singles, winning four consecutive games to give the Lord Jeffs the victory.

Kahan and Chris Dale '14 dropped a close No. 2 doubles match, but Amherst would carry a 2-1 lead into singles action. Luis Rattenhuber '13 and Austin Chafetz '12 doubled up Alex Lane and Warren Wood at 8-4 in the top matchup, with Wes Waterman '12 and Robby Sorrel '12 earning an 8-6 win for the Lord Jeffs at No. 3.

The Stags tied it up at 2-2 when Mac Cahill defeated Dale at No. 6 singles by a score of 6-1, 6-1, but Waterman (No. 5) and Joey Fritz '14 (No. 4) pushed right back with convincing straight-set wins for the visitors. Claremont cut its deficit to one after Wood came from behind against Chafetz at No. 2, as the Amherst senior won his first set in a tiebreaker (7-5) but dropped the next two by scores of 6-4 and 6-3.

With the final two matches going to the wire and Alex Lane leading Kahan 4-2 in the third set, it appeared as though the Stags were in line for a miraculous comeback. After Kahan won his next four games to give Amherst its fifth point, Rattenhuber finished off Robbie Erani in a marathon No. 3 matchup that included two tiebreakers.

Amherst's 9-0 win over San Diego Mesa College didn't feature any dramatics, as the Jeffs swept doubles play before winning five of their six singles matches in straight sets. Julian Camacho '12 and Jon Cypers '15 earned an 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles, Surain Asokaraj '12 and Justin Hendrix '14 dropped only two games at No. 2, and Karan Bains '14 and Andrew Kurzweil '15 teamed up for an 8-3 victory in the third match.

The only close matchup in singles play came in the top spot, where Cypers defeated Gleb Bilyalov by a score of 7-5, 1-6, 10-8. Camacho earned a 6-4 win in his first set at No. 2 before taking all six games in a dominant second set, while Asokaraj won each of his two sets by a 6-2 margin at No. 3. Hendrix picked up a 6-1, 6-2 victory in the fourth spot, Brenton Arnaboldi '14 lost only four games at No. 5, and Kurzweil put in Amherst's most lopsided result at No. 6 (6-0, 6-1).

The Lord Jeffs will return to action Saturday, Apr. 7 when they travel to take on Bates College.

Amherst def. San Diego Mesa College, 9-0
Doubles
1. Jon Cypers/Julian Camacho (A) def. Gleb Bilyalov/Lorenzo Baca (S), 8-5
2. Surain Asokaraj/Justin Hendrix (A) def. Alex Richards/Benjamin Ward (S), 8-2
3. Karan Bains/Andrew Kurzweil (A) def. Tigran Sargsyan/Alex Abbuhl (S), 8-3

Singles
1. Jon Cypers (A) def. Gleb Bilyalov (S) 7-5, 1-6, 10-8
2. Julian Camacho (A) def. Benjamin Ward (S) 6-4, 6-0
3. Surain Asokaraj (A) def. Lorenzo Baca (S) 6-2, 6-2
4. Justin Hendrix (A) def. Alex Richards (S) 6-1, 6-2
5. Brenton Arnaboldi (A) def. Alex Abbuhl (S) 6-2, 6-2
6. Andrew Kurzweil (A) def. Tigran Sargsyan (S) 6-0, 6-1

Amherst def. CMS, 6-3
Doubles
1. Luis Rattenhuber/Austin Chafetz (A) def. Alex Lane/Warren Wood (CMS) 8-4
2. Neel Kotrappa/Brandon Wei (CMS) def. Mark Kahan/Chris Dale (A) 8-6
3. Wes Waterman/Robby Sorrel (A) def. Robbie Erani/Victor Chien (CMS) 8-6

Singles
1. Mark Kahan (A) def. Alex Lane (CMS) 6-1, 4-6, 6-4
2. Warren Wood (CMS) def. Austin Chafetz (A) 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-3
3. Luis Rattenhuber (A) def. Robbie Erani (CMS) 7-6(5), 6-7(3), 6-4
4. Joey Fritz (A) def. Alex Johnson (CMS) 7-5, 6-2
5. Wes Waterman (A) def. Neel Kotrappa (CMS) 6-2, 6-2
6. Mac Cahill (CMS) def. Chris Dale (A) 6-1, 6-1