HADLEY, Mass. - Austin Chafetz '12 (Ranchos Palos Verdes, Calif.), Mark Kahan '13 (Unionville, Conn.) and Luis Rattenhuber '12 (Munich, Germany) were each recognized on the All-NESCAC men's tennis teams after helping Amherst to a 29-2 (8-0 NESCAC) record and a fourth conference championship.
Earning a first team nod as both a singles and doubles player, Chafetz has enjoyed a stellar season, posting a 9-2 singles mark in dual matches. The ninth-ranked player in the Northeast, Chafetz was recently selected to compete in the NCAA Individual Singles Championships, having scored impressive victories over three players ranked in the region's top-25.
With a win over ITA Northeast #5 Tim Berg of Bates (6-2, 7-6) earlier this season, he recently posted a pair of victories over Middlebury's 19th-ranked Alex Parower before defeating #24 Sam King of Bowdoin (6-3, 6-2) in the NESCAC championship game.
Teaming up with Rattenhuber, Chafetz will also compete in the national doubles tournament, having posted a 15-1 dual-match record this spring. Together, the duo have recorded several notable wins, including an 8-3 triumph over the Northeast region's third-ranked pairing of Matt Bettles and Rob Crampton (Bates) and an 8-5 decision over William's fourth-ranked tandem of Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer.
Going 9-0 as the region's top pairing heading into last weekend's NESCAC finals against Bowdoin, Chafetz and Rattenhuber dropped their lone match of the season, falling to #5 Oscar Pena and King, 8-2.
Also earning an invitation to compete in the NCAA Singles Championships, Rattenhuber secured an All-NESCAC second team singles nod after posting a 9-1 mark in dual matches. Having won his last six outings while predominately competing at third singles, Rattenhuber has climbed to eighth in the region, with big wins over #13 Derrick Angle (6-4, 6-3), #17 Matt Micheli (6-3, 6-4) and #3 Oliver Loutsenko (6-3, 4-6, 10-5).
No stranger to the All-NESCAC squad with several appointments to the second team, Kahan finally broke into the first team as the region's top-ranked singles player. Posting a 12-1 mark in 2012, he has notched a trio of wins over regionally-ranked opponents, defeating West region #5 Tommy Meyer, #8 Alex Lane and Northeast #7 Brantner Jones.
Rattling off 30-consecutive victories in dual matches entering last weekend's league final against Bowdoin, Kahan lost his first outing in over a year, falling to #15 Pena, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3. Regularly competing at the top of the Amherst lineup, he will also participate in the NCAA Singles Championship, putting three Jeffs in the event - the most of any school in the nation.
2012 NESCAC All-Conference
Player of the Year
Rookie of the Year
Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award
Coach of the Year