Jeffs Edge #9 Cal Lutheran, 5-4

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's tennis team increased its win streak to 31 matches with victories over Cal Lutheran, Kalamazoo and Hope International on Wednesday. The Lord Jeffs improved to 12-0 on the season and will play another three matches on Thursday.

Eli Mlaver '14 clinched the win against Cal Lutheran by coming from behind at No. 6 singles.

Amherst def. Cal Lutheran, 5-4
The matchup between top-ranked Amherst and ninth-ranked California Lutheran University lived up to expectations, as the Lord Jeffs were taken to the wire by the Kingsmen.

Cal Lutheran took the first point when Nick Ballou and Ray Worley cruised past Luis Rattenhuber '13 and Andrew Jung '12 by a score of 8-1 in the top doubles match, but Amherst's Wes Waterman '12 and Joey Fritz '14 followed by winning handily at number three, 8-2. Mark Kahan '13 and Chris Dale '14 gave the Jeffs a 2-1 edge heading into singles play with an 8-4 victory in the second spot.

Ballou again made quick work of Rattenhuber when he tied the score at 2-2 with a 6-2, 6-1 win in the top match, and Worley gave the Kingsmen a 3-2 lead with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Fritz at number three. The next three points would go to the Jeffs, beginning with Waterman and Kahan winning in straight sets at five and two, respectively. Sophomore Eli Mlaver clinched the win for Amherst by coming from behind at number six, dropping his first set in a tiebreaker before cruising to 6-1 wins in the next two.

With his 6-3, 7-6(5) victory over Justin Wilson, Kahan bumped his winning streak in singles play to 24 matches dating back to last year.

1. Nick Ballou/Ray Worley (C) def. Luis Rattenhuber/Andrew Jung (A), 8-1
2. Mark Kahan/Chris Dale (A) def. Justin Wilson/Connor Treacy (C), 8-4
3. Wes Waterman/Joey Fritz (A) def. Thomas Millet/Marcelo Sousa (C), 8-2

1. Nick Ballou (C) def. Luis Rattenhuber (A) 6-2, 6-1
2. Mark Kahan (A) def. Justin Wilson (C) 6-3, 7-6(5)
3. Ray Worley (C) def. Joey Fritz (A) 6-2, 6-4
4. Connor Treacy (C) def. Andrew Jung (A) 6-4, 6-3
5. Wes Waterman (A) def. Thomas Millet (C) 6-3, 6-4
6. Eli Mlaver (A) def. Marcelo Sousa (C) 6-7(5), 6-1, 6-1

Amherst def. Kalamazoo, 7-2
Amherst began its day with a 7-2 win over 25th-ranked Kalamazoo College at Claremont's home courts, dropping the Hornets to 3-6 on the year.

1. Austin Chafetz/Robby Sorrel (A) def. Mark Denenfeld/Nate Eddy (K), 9-8(4)
2. Andrew Scheiner/Jon Cypers (A) def. Steve Hanselman/Peter Rothstein (K), 8-1
3. Julian Camacho/Justin Reindel (A) def. Mike Korn/Alex Dombos (K), 8-1

1. Austin Chafetz (A) def. Mark Denenfeld (K) 6-1, 6-4
2. Jon Cypers (A) def. Nate Eddy (K) 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-2
3. Justin Reindel (A) def. Alex Dombos (K) 6-3, 7-5
4. Peter Rothstein (K) def. Sean Rodriguez (A) 6-3, 2-6, 13-11
5. Julian Camacho (A) def. Steve Hanselman (K) 6-3, 6-3
6. Mike Korn (K) def. Andrew Scheiner (A) 6-2, 6-3

Sam Sperling '12 picked up a win at No. 2
singles after dropping his first set.

Amherst def. Hope International, 8-1
The Lord Jeffs dropped NAIA opponent Hope International University to 0-12 on the season, thanks in part to a dominant performance in doubles play. Amherst's pairs surrendered a combined seven points, with Surain Asokaraj '12 and Daniel Keolasy '13 notably earning an 8-1 win over Ivan Rashkov and Thiago Brito at number two.

Brenton Arnaboldi '14 got things going for Amherst in singles play with a convincing 6-1, 6-1 win over Brito in the fourth matchup. First-year Karan Bains added the team's clinching point with a 6-2, 6-0 win at number six, followed by Keolasy winning each of his games against John-Douglas Owens by a 6-3 score. Andrew Kurzweil '15 pushed Amherst's lead to 7-0 when he defeated Tyler McDonald in the fifth spot, 6-4, 6-4.

Sam Sperling '12 came from behind against Rashkov at number two, with the Amherst captain earning a 3-6, 6-4, 10-7 victory to make it 8-0 in favor of the visitors. Tulio Amaral then returned the favor for the Royals by rallying against Justin Hendrix '14 in the top singles match, as the Hope International standout dropped his first set (6-4) before taking the next two (6-3, 10-5).  

1. Justin Hendrix/Sam Sperling (A) def. Tulio Amaral/John-Douglas Owens (H), 8-3
2. Surain Asokaraj/Daniel Keolasy (A) def. Ivan Rashkov/Thiago Brito (H), 8-1
3. Chris Morrison/Matt Lerner (A) def. Tyler McDonald/Joshua Feichter (H), 8-3

1. Tulio Amaral (H) def. Justin Hendrix (A) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5
2. Sam Sperling (A) def. Ivan Rashkov (H) 3-6, 6-4, 10-7
3. Daniel Keolasy (A) def. John-Douglas Owens (H) 6-3, 6-3
4. Brenton Arnaboldi (A) def. Thiago Brito (H) 6-1, 6-1
5. Andrew Kurzweil (A) def. Tyler McDonald (H) 6-4, 6-4
6. Karan Bains (A) def. Joshua Feichter (H) 6-2, 6-0