Jeffs Take Down Tufts, Two Others on Day 3 in California

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's tennis team enjoyed its first undefeated day in California on Wednesday as the split-squad Lord Jeffs (7-4, 1-0 NESCAC) knocked off conference opponent Tufts, 7-2, while also picking up an 8-1 win at Concordia-Irvine and a 9-0 blanking of San Diego City College.

The Jeffs' NESCAC opener came a long way from New England as Amherst and Tufts enjoyed the warm weather of Claremont for their annual spring clash. The 19th-ranked Jeffs handed the Jumbos (3-1) their first setback of the year, falling only at first doubles and sixth singles. After Tufts grabbed some early momentum with Ben Barad and Rob Jacobson's 8-3 win over Andrew Scheiner '15 and Aaron Revzin '16 atop the doubles order, Amherst quickly took over the match as Mark Kahan '13 and Russell Einbinder '16 handled Nick Telkedzhiev and Mark Westerfield at second doubles, 8-3, and first-years Ben Fife and Andrew Yaraghi took care of the No. 3 contest, beating Andrew Lutz and Matt Pataro, 8-4.

Returning to the top to the Amherst singles order, Kahan kept things rolling for the Jeffs as he breezed past Barad, 6-1, 6-1. Yaraghi and Fife had little trouble at the second and third spots either, as they dismissed Telkedzhiev and Jay Glickman by scores of 6-2, 6-4 and 6-4, 6-1, respectively. Einbinder encountered stronger resistance at fourth singles but still won in straight sets as he topped Lutz in the tiebreak, 6-1, 7-6 (4). In the match's lone three-setter, Scheiner held on to defeat Austin Blau at No. 5, 6-3, 2-6, 6-1, before Tufts picked up its other point in the sixth spot as Jacobson topped Revzin in a tight one, 6-4, 7-6 (3).

1. Mark Kahan (A) def. Ben Barad (T) 6-1, 6-1
2. Andrew Yaraghi (A) def. Nick Telkedzhiev (T) 6-2, 6-4
3. Ben Fife (A) def. Jay Glickman (T) 6-4, 6-1
4. Russell Einbinder (A) def. Andrew Lutz (T) 6-1, 7-6 (4)
5. Andrew Scheiner (A) def. Austin Blau (T) 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
6. Rob Jacobson (T) def. Aaron Revzin (A) 6-4, 7-6 (3)
1. Barad/Jacobson (T) def. Scheiner/Revzin (A) 8-3
2. Kahan/Einbinder (A) def. Telkedzhiev/Mark Westerfield (T) 8-3
3. Fife/Yaraghi (A) def. Lutz/Matt Pataro (T) 8-4

Playing their third top-10 NAIA opponent in as many days, Amherst had little trouble with the ninth-ranked Eagles, with the lone Jeff setback coming at second singles. Top duo Joey Fritz '14 and Michael Solimano '16 had the tightest match of doubles, beating Christian Wickenhauser and Jordan Hovis, 8-5, after Justin Hendrix '14 and Eli Mlaver '14 had downed Micah Groom and Patrick Szeremeta, 8-3, and Chris Dale '14 and Justin Reindel '14 cruised past Farren Casad and Marc Redmann, 8-2.

Things were far more dramatic in the singles ledger, with three of the top four contests going to three sets. Amherst had already wrapped up the match victory before the exciting endings, however, as Reindel swept Redmann at No. 3, 6-3, 3-0 (ret.), Hendrix handled Szeremeta at fifth, 6-3, 6-3, and Brenton Arnaboldi '14 took Casad at No. 6, 7-5, 6-0. With the outcome decided, Concordia picked up its lone point when Wickenhauser edged Solimano, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, but Amherst closed out the win with Mlaver outlasting Groom at No. 4, 6-2, 5-7, 7-5 and Dale rallying to win a marathon at first singles over Kliskinic, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8.   

1. Chris Dale (A) def. Bruno Kliskinic (C) 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
2. Christian Wickenhauser (C) def. Michael Solimano (A) 5-7, 6-1, 6-1
3. Justin Reindel (A) def. Marc Reddmann (C) 6-0, 3-0 (ret.)
4. Eli Mlaver (A) def. Micah Groom (C) 6-2, 5-7, 7-5
5. Justin Hendrix (A) def. Patrick Szeremeta (C) 6-3, 6-3
6. Brenton Arnaboldi (A) def. Farren Casad (C) 7-5, 6-0
1. Joey Fritz/Solimano (A) def. Wickenhauser/Jordan Hovis (C) 8-5
2. Hendrix/Mlaver (A) def. Groom/Szeremeta (C) 8-3
3. Dale/Reindel (A) def. Casad/Reddmann (C) 8-2

The Jeffs' third contingent had little trouble against the Knights, sweeping doubles and dropping a total of only nine games in singles. Birk Maitau '16 and Kade Pettie '15 started the onslaught with an 8-0 win over Isaac Arias and Jose Torres Jr. at third doubles, before No. 2 duo Surain Asokaraj '13 and Karan Bains '14 beat Donald Stiles and He'bert Sherrod 8-2 and Philip Qu '16 and Dan Keolasy '13 downed Alex Torres and Rafa Martinez, 8-4.

Singles play featured a pair of 6-0, 6-0 shutouts for Amherst as Keolasy overwhelmed Sherrod at No. 3 and Mitau blanked Arias at No. 6. Asokaraj handled Martinez atop the order, 6-2, 6-1 and Qu pounded Torres at No. 2, 6-1, 6-0 while Bains handled Torres Jr. at fifth, 6-2, 6-0 and Will Rives '13 closed out the win with a fourth singles takedown of Stiles, 6-1, 6-2.

1. Surain Asokaraj (A) def. Rafa Martinez (S) 6-2, 6-1
2. Phillip Qu (A) def. Alex Torres (S) 6-1, 6-0
3. Daniel Keolasy (A) def. He'bert Sherrod (S) 6-0, 6-0
4. Will Rives (A) def. Donald Stiles (S) 6-1, 6-2
5. Karan Bains (A) def. Jose Torres Jr. (S) 6-2, 6-0
6. Birk Mitau (A) def. Isaac Arias (S) 6-0, 6-0
1. Qu/Keolasy (A) def. Torres/Martinez (S) 8-4
2. Asokaraj/Bains (A) def. Stiles/Sherrod (S) 8-2
3. Mitau/Kade Pettie (A) def. Arias/Torres Jr. (S) 8-0

Amherst is back in action with three more matches on Thursday, facing Chapman, Point Loma Nazarene, and Hope International.