Jeffs Down Warhawks, Knights on Last Day Out West

Contact: Matthew Hart

AMHERST, Mass. – The Amherst College men's tennis team won a pair of matches against Midwestern opponents to help close out its trip to California on a high note Saturday. On the Pomona courts, the 19th-ranked Lord Jeffs cruised past No. 29 Wisconsin-Whitewater, 8-1, while another Amherst contingent notched a 9-0 win over Carleton in San Diego. The team's lone setback came to defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference (PCAC) champion San Diego Mesa College in a competitive 7-2 decision.

Improving to 13-7 on the year, Amherst turned in a 12-5 mark during its busy week in the Golden State. The Jeffs will kick off their home schedule on Saturday, March 30 with matches against Nichols (11 a.m.) and Vassar (3 p.m.).

The Jeffs controlled the top-30 matchup with Whitewater (6-8), with Amherst sweeping doubles play before the Warhawks seized their lone point in an exciting third singles contest which Jake Humphreys took from Ben Fife '16 in comeback fashion, 3-6, 6-4, 10-6. The Jeffs took the only other pairing to go the distance as Aaron Revzin '16 rallied to oust Mitch Osborne in the No. 6 match, 2-6, 6-3, 10-2. It was smooth sailing atop the lineup as Joey Fritz '14 beat Ben Shkylar, 6-3, 6-2 and Mark Kahan '13 blasted Byron Balkin, 6-2, 6-0. Amherst's final singles wins came with first-year Andrew Yaraghi's 6-2, 6-3 decision over Andy McGlashen at No. 3 and classmate Russell Einbinder's 6-3, 6-4 fifth-spot triumph over Andrew Bayliss.

The Jeffs had taken a 3-0 lead into singles play thanks to a powerful doubles performance as Fritz and Revzin took down Shkylar and Osborne, 8-4, Kahan and Einbinder blitzed Balkin and Bayliss, 8-3, and the rookie pair of Yaraghi and Fife handled McGlashen and Humphreys, 8-2.

1. Joey Fritz (AMH) def. Ben Shkylar (UWW) 6-3, 6-2
2. Mark Kahan (AMH) def. Byron Balkin (UWW) 6-2, 6-0
3. Andrew Yaraghi (AMH) def. Andy McGlashen (UWW) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jake Humphreys (UWW) def. Ben Fife (AMH) 3-6, 6-4, 10-6
5. Russell Einbinder (AMH) def. Andrew Bayliss (UWW) 6-3, 6-4
6. Aaron Revzin (AMH) def. Mitch Osborne (UWW) 2-6, 6-3, 10-2
1. Fritz/Revzin (AMH) def. Shkylar/Osborne (UWW) 8-4
2. Kahan/Einbinder (AMH) def. Balkin/Bayliss (UWW) 8-3
3. Yaraghi/Fife (AMH) def. McGlashen/Humphreys (UWW) 8-2

In an impressive show of depth, the Jeffs' second squad of the day swept past a Carleton team ranked eighth in the Central Region. Amherst overpowered the Knights (8-3) in doubles play as Andrew Scheiner '15 and Chris Dale '14 were 8-2 winners over Paul Cooper and Andrew Hwang in the No. 1 spot while Michael Solimano '16 and Eli Mlaver '14 took No. 2 from McCoy Becker and Erik Johnson, 8-3, and juniors Justin Hendrix and Justin Reindel jolted Christian Nagy and Ben Huang, 8-1.

The first singles matchup proved the most exciting of the day as Cooper tested Scheiner in the first game but the Jeff sophomore was up to the task, winning 7-5 before a 6-2 clincher. Solimano was solid at No. 2, handling Hwang 6-4, 6-2, while Reindel downed Becker in the third slot, 6-3, 6-1. Further down the card, Mlaver won at No. 4 over Mauricio Gonzalez, 6-2, 6-1, Carlos de Bracamonte '16 took fifth from Nagy, 6-2, 6-1, and Hendrix blazed past Johnson, 6-0, 6-1.

1. Andrew Scheiner (AMH) def. Paul Cooper (CAR) 7-5, 6-2 
2. Michael Solimano (AMH) def. Andrew Hwang (CAR) 6-4, 6-2 
3. Justin Reindel (AMH) def. McCoy Becker (CAR) 6-3, 6-1 
4. Eli Mlaver (AMH) def. Mauricio Gonzalez (CAR) 6-2, 6-1 
5. Carlos de Bracamonte (AMH) def. Christian Nagy (CAR) 6-2, 6-1 
6. Justin Hendrix (AMH) def. Erik Johnson (CAR) 6-0, 6-1 
1. Scheiner/Chris Dale (AMH) def. Cooper/Hwang (CAR) 8-2 
2. Solimano/Mlaver (AMH) def. Becker/Johnson (CAR) 8-3 
3. Hendrix/Reindel (AMH) def. Nagy/Ben Huang (CAR) 8-1

The third Jeff unit in action on Saturday was the lone one to fall as the Olympians (16-2) outlasted Amherst, 7-2, in a highly exciting match. After Philip Qu '16 and Dan Keolasy '13 grabbed the Jeffs' lone point of doubles play with an 8-6 win over Mesa's top duo of Gleb Bilyalov and Sean Lee, five of six singles contests went to a third set but the Jeffs could only pull out one of the thrilling tilts, with Brenton Arnaboldi '14 rallying to beat Bilyalov in the No. 2 match, 4-6, 6-3, 12-10. 

1. Rodrigo Santibanez (S) def. Surain Asokaraj (A) 6-4, 5-7, 10-7
2. Brenton Arnaboldi (A) def. Gleb Bilyalov (S) 4-6, 6-3, 12-10
3. James Tenbroeck (S) def. Philip Qu (A) 6-0, 5-7, 11-9
4. Giordano Valdez (S) def. Dan Keolasy (A) 7-6(3), 2-6, 10-8
5. Connor Eck (S) def. Karan Bains (A) 6-3, 6-1
6. Alex Abbuhl (S) def. Birk Mitau (A) 7-6(2), 3-6, 10-7
1. Qu/Keolasy (A) def. Bilyalov/Sean Lee (S) 8-6
2. Eck/Tenbroeck (S) def. Bains/Asokaraj (A) 8-3
3. Santibanez/Valdez (S) def. Mitau/Kade Pettie (A) 8-3