Rivalry Match Goes Against Mammoths in NCAA Regional Finals

Rivalry Match Goes Against Mammoths in NCAA Regional Finals


WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – One of the oldest intercollegiate rivalries in the nation wrote another chapter today when Amherst College and Williams College met on the campus of Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., to decide which team would advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals in men's tennis.

Unfortunately for the Mammoths, a 2-1 lead after doubles play was not enough to hold off the Ephs, who earned a 5-2 victory and ended Amherst's season. 

Amherst collected doubles wins at No. 1 and No. 2 and Williams won at three. Two of the three doubles matches went to extra games.

The Amherst No. 1 pairing of Zach Bessette '19/Jayson Fung '20 outlasted the Williams duo of Brian Grodecki and Ananth Raghavan, 8-6. The Mammoth duo never trailed in the match.

In the Williams win at No. 3 Jordan Sadowsky/Arturo Kam overcame an early 4-1 deficit to tie the match at five all. The Eph duo would not surrender the lead and eventually logged a 9-7 win.

The last doubles match to be decided was at No. 2 where Amherst's Jon Heidenberg '19 and Kevin Ma '21 downed Alex Taylor and Calvin Chung by the score of 9-7.

Trailing 2-1 heading into singles host Williams had little margin for error. The Ephs got right to work, winning the first set in all six singles matches and then they ran off four straight set wins to notch the 5-2 victory and advance to the NCAA Quarterfinals on May 21 in Claremont, Calif.

Deepak Indrakanti won at No. 5 singles 6-1, 6-1 over Levitin to tie the match at two all. The Ephs took their first lead when No. 3 Sachan Raghavan defeated Bessette 6-3, 6-0 to put the Ephs up 3-2. Arturo Kam notched the fourth Williams point at No. 6 when he downed Heidenberg 6-4, 6-1. 

Ananth Raghavan provided the clincher when he prevailed over Fung 6-4, 6-1 at #4.

Amherst finishes their season with a 12-7 overall record and another top-ten ranking in the country.