AMHERST, Mass. – The #8 ranked Amherst College men's tennis team had a difficult slate ahead of them this weekend, as they faced #1 ranked Middlebury College on Sunday and #4 ranked Williams College on Saturday in a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) matches to close out the regular season.
Though Amherst (11-5, 4-3 NESCAC) fell by 7-2 scorelines in each match, the Mammoths will have home court advantage next weekend as they host the NESCAC Championships from Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th.
Sunday Recap: Middlebury 7, Amherst 2
The top-ranked Panthers (18-3, 7-1 NESCAC) close out the regular season on an eight-match win streak.
Amherst got both of their points in singles, starting with a three-set triumph at the top set, where Sean Wei '21 defeated Lubomir Cuba 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.
Jesse Levitin '19 defeated Andre Xiao in straight sets, 6-4, 6-1 at #6 for Amherst's other point of the day.
During doubles play, the Panthers were victorious in all three matches. The No. 3 duo of Timo van der Geest and Peter Martin got the hosts on the board with an 8-2 win over Levitin and Oliver Kendall '19.
The hosts doubled their lead when William de Quant and Noah Farrell recorded an 8-2 victory against Kevin Ma '21 and Zach Bessette '19 in the second spot. The No. 1 flight of Lubomir Cuba and Kyle Schlanger battled back and forth with the Amherst pair of Wei and Jayson Fung '21, winning the last three games during a 9-7 triumph and giving Middlebury a 3-0 advantage.
In singles action, Schlanger claimed the team's fourth point at No. 4 with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Fung.
At No. 3, de Quant clinched the match for the Panthers with a 6-1, 2-6, 6-1 win over Bessette. Farrell increased the Middlebury edge to 6-1 via a 6-3, 7-6 (4) victory against Ma in the second flight. Nate Eazor completed the scoring with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Jon Heidenberg in the fifth spot for the 7-2 final.
Saturday Recap: Williams 7, Amherst 2
Amherst started the afternoon out on the right foot when Wei and Fung defeated Austin Barr and Brian Grodecki 8-3 at first doubles, but the Ephs fought back to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. Alex Taylor and Calvin Chung eked out a 9-8 win over Bessette and Ma at #2 doubles, while Jordan Sadowsky and Arturo Kam defeated Kendall and Levitin 8-1.
Ma earned Amherst's only other point with a 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 win over Barr at #2 singles.
The Ephs claimed five of six points in singles. Deepak Indrakanti, Kam and Taylor won their matches in two sets, while Ananth Raghavan and Grodecki were victorious in three sets.