Jeffs Edge Out Carnegie Mellon, 5-4

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Amherst men's tennis team improved to 3-0 on the season with a hard-fought 5-4 victory over Carnegie Mellon University on Sunday afternoon.

Christian Heaney-Secord '15 and Will Duncan '15 got the Tartans off to a good start in doubles action, defeating Joey Fritz '14 and Justin Reindel '14 at the top of the order, 8-4. Amherst's Michael Solimano '16 and Aaron Revzin '16 put the Jeffs on the board with an 8-6 decision over Yuvraj Kumar '16 and Bryce Beisswanger '15 at second doubles, before Andrew Yaraghi '16 and Anton Zykov '17 notched an 8-6 win of their own over Jack Kasbeer '17 and Kenny Zheng '17.

Heaney-Secord moved to 2-0 on the afternoon with a decisive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Yaraghi at second singles, before Fritz got the Purple & White back on track with a 6-4, 6-3, triumph in the top slot against Abhishek Alla '16.

Duncan handled Zykov, 6-2, 6-4, at third singles, while Reindel handed Kasbeer a 6-4, 6-2 loss. Taking the first set of his sixth singles match-up with Revzin, 7-5, Zheng earned a 6-3 win in the second to even the match at 4-4. Rebounding from a 6-4 first set loss to Kiril Kirkov '17, Solimano took the second by a score of 6-2 before rallying for a 6-4 victory in the final frame to close out the match.

In addition to this weekend's dual matches against Johns Hopkins and Carnegie Mellon, several Jeffs also competed at Bates' Wallach Invitational. Russell Einbinder '16 and Carlos de Bracamonte '16 fell in Saturday's "A" doubles quarterfinals to Bates' Ben Bogard '14 and Peter Yanofsky '14, 8-3. In "B" doubles, Brenton Arnaboldi '14 and Andrew Arnaboldi '17 reached the finals but fell 8-5 to Middlebury's Allen Jackson '16 and Teddy Fitzgibbons '14.

Playing in the "B" singles bracket, Einbinder defeated the Bobcats' Patrick Ordway '17, 3-6, 6-3, 10-5, in the round of 16, while Chris Dale '14 notched a 6-0, 6-1, decision over Trinity's Rutendo Matingo '17 in the championship match. The Jeffs picked up another title in "D" singles as de Bracamonte faced teammate Phillip Qu '16 in the finals and defeated the sophomore 6-3, 6-3.

Amherst 5, Carnegie Mellon 4
1. Heaney-Secord/Duncan (C) def. Fritz/Reindel (A), 8-4
2. Solimano/Revzin (A) def. Kumar/Beisswanger (C), 8-6
3. Yaraghi/Zykov (A) def. Kasbeer/Zheng (C), 8-6


1. Fritz (A) def. Alla (C), 6-4, 6-3
2. Heaney-Secord (C) def. Yaraghi (A), 6-1, 6-1
3. Duncan (C) def. Zykov (A), 6-2, 6-4
4. Solimano (A) def. Kirkov (C), 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
5. Reindel (A) def. Kasbeer (C), 6-4, 6-2
6. Zheng (C) def. Revzin (A), 7-5, 6-3