CARY, N.C. – Three Amherst College men's tennis players bowed out of the singles tournament at the NCAA Division III Championship on Thursday and Friday, but Austin Chafetz '12 and Luis Rattenhuber '13 posted another win in doubles action and advanced to Saturday's semifinal round.
Chafetz and Rattenhuber began the 16-team doubles tournament yesterday with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-1 win over Will Duncan and Duke Miller of Carnegie Mellon University. The Lord Jeffs kept rolling today by defeating Cal Lutheran's Nick Ballou and Ray Worley in straight sets (6-3, 6-4), leaving Amherst's top duo only two wins shy of a national championship.
Saturday's semifinal round against Warren Elgort and Jacob Barnaby of Johns Hopkins University is set to begin at 10 a.m. at Cary Tennis Park, with the title match to follow at 1 p.m. Live scoring and video will be available for both matches.
Amherst fared well in the singles tournament but fell short of advancing to Saturday's finals, as Rattenhuber and Mark Kahan '13 were eliminated today in the quarterfinals. Rattenhuber posted a 6-3, 7-6(3) win over Andy Hersh of Johns Hopkins in yesterday morning's opening round, following with a 6-4, 6-2 victory against Kenyon's Paul Burgin in the afternoon. His run would end this morning, though, with a 6-1, 6-3 setback to top-seeded Dillon Pottish of Emory University.
Also picking up a pair of wins yesterday was Kahan, who defeated Max Frey of Trinity (Texas) in the Round of 32 (6-4, 6-4) and Tanner Brown of Johns Hopkins in the following round (6-4, 5-7, 6-0). Amherst's top singles player had his phenomenal season come to an end this morning, as Ballou came away with the 7-5, 6-2 win.
Chafetz was the third Amherst standout selected to the singles tournament, but he was dealt a tough first-round draw in Adam Putterman, the top player from Washington-St. Louis. Chafetz came out on the losing end of a 6-1, 6-4 result on Thursday before teaming up with Rattenhuber for the beginning of their doubles run.
Rattenhuber and Chafetz are looking to become the first tandem in Amherst history to win the national doubles title. This is the second consecutive year the Lord Jeffs have advanced to this point, as Wes Waterman '12 and Moritz Koenig '11 lost in the semifinals in 2011.
Thursday, May 24 (Individual Championships Day 1)
Men's Round of 32 Singles
Luis Rattenhuber (Amherst) def. Andy Hersh (Johns Hopkins) 6-3, 7-6(3)
Mark Kahan (Amherst) def. Max Frey (Trinity, Texas) 6-4, 6-4
Adam Putterman (Wash-U) def. Austin Chafetz (Amherst) 6-1, 6-4
Men's Round of 16 Singles
Luis Rattenhuber (Amherst) def. Paul Burgin (Kenyon) 6-4, 6-2
Mark Kahan (Amherst) def. Tanner Brown (Johns Hopkins) 6-4, 5-7, 6-0
Men's Round of 16 Doubles
Chafetz/Rattenhuber (Amherst) def. Duncan/Miller (Carnegie Mellon) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1
Friday, May 25 (Individual Championships Day 2)
Men's Singles Quarterfinals
Dillon Pottish (Emory) def. Luis Rattenhuber (Amherst) 6-1, 6-3
Nicholas Ballou (Cal Lutheran) def. Mark Kahan (Amherst) 7-5, 6-2
Men's Doubles Quarterfinals
Chafetz/Rattenhuber (Amherst) def. Ballou/Worley (Cal Lutheran) 6-3, 6-4
Saturday, May 26 (Individual Championships Day 3)
10 a.m. --- Men's Doubles Semifinals
Chafetz/Rattenhuber (Amherst) vs. Elgort/Barnaby (Johns Hopkins) --- LIVE SCORING * VIDEO
1 p.m. --- Men's Doubles Finals
TBD --- LIVE SCORING * VIDEO