Three Jeffs Named to All-NESCAC Team

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

First Team
Timmy Berg, Bates (Singles)
Austin Chafetz, Amherst (Singles/Doubles)
Bryan Chow, Williams (Doubles)
Brantner Jones, Middlebury (Singles)
Mark Kahan, Amherst, (Singles)
Sam King, Bowdoin, (Doubles)
Richard Meyer, Williams (Singles/Doubles)
Oscar Pena, Bowdoin (Doubles)
Luis Rattenhuber, Amherst (Doubles)
Felix Sun, Wiliams (Doubles)

Player of the Year
Felix Sun, Williams

Rookie of the Year
Kyle Wolstencroft, Bowdoin

Second Team
Derrick Angle, Middlebury (Singles)
Matt Bettles, Bates (Singles/Doubles)
Rob Crampton, Bates (Singles/Doubles)
Ned Mandel, Trinity (Doubles)
Anson McCook, Trinity (Singles/Doubles)
Matt Micheli, Williams (Doubles)
Oscar Pena, Bowdoin (Singles)
Luis Rattenhuber, Amherst (Singles)
Felix Sun, Williams (Doubles

Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award
Anson McCook, Trinity

Coach of the Year
Conor Smith, Bowdoin