Lord Jeffs Rally for 5-4 Win at #3 Williams

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's tennis team continued to defend its No. 1 national ranking with a 5-4 win against third-ranked Williams College on Sunday, marking the Ephs' first loss of the year.

Amherst (25-2, 6-0 NESCAC) increased its winning streak to 10 matches and is now 9-1 against its archrival in the past 10 meetings. The Lord Jeffs moved into the driver's seat as the leading candidate for the top seed in the upcoming NESCAC Championship, while the Ephs dropped to 13-1 overall and 4-1 in conference play.

Sunday's match—which was moved indoors due to inclement weather—was expected to be a classic Amherst-Williams marathon, as both teams began the day with three victories against schools ranked nationally in the top 10.

Williams held a 2-1 lead after posting 8-4 wins in the second and third doubles matches, with Luis Rattenhuber '13 and Austin Chafetz '12 salvaging a point for Amherst by earning an 8-5 victory in the top spot.

Amherst was the stronger team in singles play, winning three of the first four to take a 4-3 lead. Mark Kahan '13 and Rattenhuber posted straight-set victories at numbers one and three, respectively, while Joey Fritz '14 outlasted Zach Weiss  in three sets at number four (6-2, 1-6, 7-5).

The deciding point was earned by Amherst senior Andrew Jung, who traded 6-4 results with Bryan Chow before clinching the win for his team with a 6-3 third set.

The Lord Jeffs will close their regular season next weekend, when they travel to face No. 7 Middlebury on Saturday before hosting Wesleyan on Sunday.

#1 Amherst def. #3 Williams, 5-4
1. Luis Rattenhuber/Austin Chafetz (A) def. Trey Meyer/Bryan Chow (W) 8-5
2. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (W) def. Mark Kahan/Chris Dale (A) 8-4
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie (W) def. Robby Sorrel/Wes Waterman (A) 8-4

1. Mark Kahan (A) def. Trey Meyer (W) 6-4, 6-1
2. Felix Sun (W) def. Austin Chafetz (A) 6-4, 6-2
3. Luis Rattenhuber (A) def. Matt Micheli (W) 6-3, 6-4
4. Joey Fritz (A) def. Zach Weiss (W) 6-2, 1-6, 7-5
5. Andrew Jung (A) def. Bryan Chow (W) 6-4, 4-6, 6-3
6. Will Petrie (WIL) def. Wes Waterman (A) 6-3, 3-6, 7-5