Mammoths Finish Just Short of the Championship in Final Fall Competition

Mammoths Finish Just Short of the Championship in Final Fall Competition

MEDFORD, Mass. – The Amherst men's tennis team concluded the fall portion of their schedule with two doubles pairings, and one singles player, finishing in the finals for their respective Flights at the Tufts/Deis Invitational on Sunday afternoon.

Singles:

Flight A: Sean Wei '21 had an impressive run as he finished in the championship round, ultimately dropping to Noah Farrell of Middlebury College 6-2, 6-2. To get to the finals, he faced off against Peter Anker of Wesleyan in the semifinals, winning by a score of 6-4, 6-2. Jayson Fung '20 went up against Farrell in his first match of the day (semifinals), where he fell short by a 6-3, 6-0 margin.

Flight B: Damien Ruparel '22 and William Turchetta '22 were the last two Mammoths standing in their bracket. Both student-athletes lost in their semifinal matchup this morning. Ruparel fell to Larry Zhao (Bowdoin) in a grueling 3-6, 7-6, (10-5) match while Turchetta faced off against the runner-up, Calvin Chung (Williams), and lost in three sets (7-5, 2-6, 10-7).

Doubles:

Flight A: The number four seeded duo of Zach Bessette '19 and Wei were able to mark a finals appearance in the A Flight after taking down Kogan and Tzeng of Brandeis 8-4. The duo eventually lost to Wesleyan's pairing of Carter and Lilienthal by a score of 8-5, finishing as the runner ups. Fung and Harris Foulkes '22 also obtained a semifinals appearance in the same bracket, but they fell to Carter and Lilienthal 8-5 prior to the matchup.

Flight B: Jesse Levitin '19 and Ruparel were the only Mammoths still fighting in Flight B where they were able to grab a finals appearance. The duo went on to fall to the champions Xiao and Samets of Middlebury College by an 8-6 margin.

With this tournament, the men's tennis team finishes their impressive fall slate which marked two dual match wins, and ITA semifinalist, and two singles championships.

The Mammoths will return to action, and begin their spring season, on March 10th in Orlando, Florida when they take on Oglethorpe at 1:00 PM.