Jeffs Begin Title Defense with 6-3 Win at Hopkins

BALTIMORE, Md. – In its first dual match since claiming the 2011 NCAA title, the top-ranked Amherst College men's tennis team earned a 6-3 win over 13th-ranked Johns Hopkins Saturday afternoon in Baltimore.

The Lord Jeffs (1-0) will continue their road trip Sunday at 1 p.m. with a match against 17th-ranked Carnegie Mellon University.

Amherst's No. 1 and No. 3 doubles pairs each won by a score of 8-5, but Hopkins salvaged a point when Jacob Barnaby and Noah Joachim edged out a 9-8(2) win over Mark Kahan '13 (Unionville, Conn.) and Chris Dale '14 (Austin, Texas) at number two.

Wes Waterman '12 (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Joey Fritz '14 (Cincinnati, Ohio) teamed up to defeat Warren Elgort and Erik Lim in the top matchup, while first-year Jon Cypers (Chappaqua, N.Y.) and Andrew Jung '12 (Battle Creek, Mich.) took care of Tanner Brown and Ben Hwang in the third slot.

Coming off an ITA New England Regional singles title, Fritz continued to play well by coming from behind for a 2-6, 6-1, 6-0 win over Andy Hersh in the No. 1 singles match. Kahan also won in three sets, holding on for a 6-0, 4-6, 6-2 victory against Brown at No. 2.

Jung and Dale accounted for Amherst's other two points by picking up straight-set wins for Amherst at three and five, respectively. Waterman was involved in a hard-fought match at No. 4, but it was Hwang who came away with the 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3) victory. Jensen Reiter picked up a third point for the Blue Jays by defeating Cypers at No. 6, 6-4, 6-2.

#1 Amherst College def. #13 Johns Hopkins University, 6-3
1) Wes Waterman/Joey Fritz (A) def. Warren Elgort/Erik Lim (J) 8-5
2) Jacob Barnaby/Noah Joachim (J) def. Mark Kahan/Chris Dale (A) 9-8(2)
3) Jon Cypers/Andrew Jung (A) def. Tanner Brown/Ben Hwang (J) 8-5

1) Joey Fritz (A) def. Andy Hersh (J) 2-6, 6-1, 6-0
2) Mark Kahan (A) def. Tanner Brown (J) 6-0, 4-6, 6-2
3) Andrew Jung (A) def. Warren Elgort (J) 6-3, 6-3
4) Ben Hwang (J) def. Wes Waterman (A) 6-2, 4-6, 7-6(3)
5) Chris Dale (A) def. Erik Lim (J) 6-3, 6-2
6) Jensen Reiter (J) def. Jon Cypers (A) 6-4, 6-2