Jeffs Stay Hot, Down Bowdoin and Babson

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – Winning two of three in doubles play and each the top four singles contests, the 17th-ranked Amherst College men's tennis team remained unbeaten in NESCAC play, knocking off their second higher-ranked rival in as many weeks with a 6-3 triumph over No. 6 Bowdoin College at home on Sunday. 

Meanwhile, a second contingent of Lord Jeffs traveled to Babson College and posted a 6-3 win of its own thanks to a 5-for-6 showing in singles play. With the pair of triumphs, Amherst upped its win streak to 11 while improving to 24-7 on the year (7-0 NESCAC). The Jeffs wrap up their regular season schedule at home next Saturday with 1 p.m. matches against No. 9 Middlebury and SUNY Oneonta.

Amherst's top two doubles units got the Jeffs (23-7, 7-0 NESCAC) off to a quick start as No. 1s Chris Dale '14 and Andrew Yaraghi '16 took down Bowdoin's Doug Caplan and Kyle Wolstonecroft, 8-3, and Justin Reindel '14 teamed up with Ben Fife '16 to win by the same margin over Sam King and Noah Bragg at twos. The Polar Bears (10-3, 2-1 NESCAC) picked up a point heading into singles play as Chase Savage and Luke Trinka topped Joey Fritz '14 and Dan Keolasy '13, 8-6, at No. 3.

The Jeffs wasted little time securing the match victory in singles play, as Yaraghi moved up to No. 2 and raced past Casey Grindon, 6-0, 6-1 while Fritz was dominant in the No. 1s contest, beating Bragg, 6-2, 6-0, and Dale iced the win with a 6-0, 6-4 triumph over Chris Lord at fourth singles. Bowdoin captured points in the bottom two slots as Savage stopped Brenton Arnaboldi '14 at sixes, 6-3, 6-4, before Wolstonecroft held off Reindel with a strong tiebreaker effort, 7-5, 2-6, 10-3. In the day's final match, Fife gave Amherst its sixth point as the Jeff No. 3 rallied in the second set and outlasted King in the tiebreak for a 3-6, 6-4, 14-12 triumph.

1. Chris Dale/Andrew Yaraghi (A) def. Doug Caplan/Kyle Wolstencroft (B) 8-3
2. Justin Reindel/Ben Fife (A) def. Sam King/Noah Bragg (B) 8-3
3. Chase Savage/Luke Trinka (B) def.  Joey Fritz/Dan Keolasy (A) 8-6 
1. Fritz (A) def. Bragg (B) 6-2, 6-0
2. Yaraghi (A) def. Casey Grindon (B) 6-0, 6-1
3. Fife (A) def. King (B) 3-6, 6-4, 14-12
4. Dale (A) def. Chris Lord (B) 6-0, 6-4
5. Wolstencroft (B) def. Reindel (A) 7-5, 2-6, 10-3
6. Savage (B) def. Brenton Arnaboldi (A) 6-3, 6-4

The Jeffs dropped two of three in doubles play but came back with a strong effort in singles to take down the Beavers (10-7) in Babson Park. After Mitchell Henry and Saif Rahim got the hosts off to a good start with an 8-4 third doubles win over Amherst's Eli Mlaver '14 and Surain Asokaraj '13, the teams split the top two contests as Jeff first-years Russell Einbinder and Carlos de Bracamonte stepped into the top spot and held off Connor DeFiore and Ramone Doyley, 8-6, but Babson's Victor Vu and Roberto Perez edged Justin Hendrix '14 and Alex Kim '13 by the same margin.

Amherst turned the tides in singles competition, however, beginning with Hendrix's 6-0, 6-0 domination of Roy Murdock at sixes. Meanwhile, Asokaraj downed Doyley at third singles, 6-2, 6-1, Kim topped Perez at No. 1, 6-1, 6-4, and Mlaver capped the comeback with the decisive win at fours as he handled Henry, 6-2, 6-4. Babson picked up a point at No. 2 as Vu edged Einbinder, 6-3, 6-4, but Amherst won the lone contest to reach a tiebreaker as de Bracamonte rallied past DeFiore, 3-6, 7-5, 10-7.

1. Russell Einbinder/Carlos de Bracamonte (A) def. Connor DeFiore/Ramone Doyley (B) 8-6
2. Victor Vu/Roberto Perez (B) def. Justin Hendrix/Alek Kim (A) 8-6
3. Mitchell Henry/Saif Rahim (B) def. Eli Mlaver/Surain Asokaraj (A) 8-4
1. Kim (A) def. Perez (B) 6-1, 6-4
2. Vu (B) def. Einbinder (A) 6-3, 6-4
3. Asokaraj (A) def. Doyley (B) 6-2, 6-1
4. Mlaver (A) def. Henry (B) 6-2, 6-4
5. de Bracamonte (A) def. DeFiore (B) 3-6, 7-5, 10-7
6. Hendrix (A) def. Roy Murdock (B) 6-0, 6-0