AMHERST, Mass. – After a successful fall slate, the Amherst College men's tennis team gears up for the spring portion of their schedule as they open up competition in Florida on Sunday (March 10th) with six matches in their seven day venture, returning all eight members from last seasons roster.
Todd Doebler, who is in his fifth season at the helm of the Amherst men's tennis team, is joined by assistant coach John Taft who was brought on board in the fall of 2018.
"The guys have been working really hard and improving as we approached spring break" said Doebler leading up to the Florida competition.
The Mammoths are coming off a productive fall slate that included two dual match wins on September 22nd. The Purple & White held Skidmore and Hobart to one point each, winning 8-1 in both meetings before heading into tournament play. The next mark on their fall schedule was the ITA New England Regional Championships. Sean Wei '21 concluded the Mammoths performances in the semifinals before traveling to Bates College to compete in the Wallach Invite. Zach Bessette '19 and William Turchetta '22 claimed the doubles draw at Bates before two doubles pairings, and one singles student-athlete, finished in the finals of their respective flights at the Tufts/Brandeis Invite to conclude the fall portion of their schedule.
Amherst returns all eight student-athletes from last season while adding three first-years that have already played an integral part of the team so far. Damien Ruparel '22, William Turchetta '22, and Harris Foulkes '22 add depth to the Mammoth roster and are learning from a strong veteran corps.
The senior class holds the most representation as captains Zach Bessette '19, Jon Heidenberg '19, Oliver Kendall '19, Jesse Levitin '19, and Cameron Raglin '19 lead the team on the court. Sophomore Sean Wei '21 and junior Jayson Fung '20 return to the team, rounding out the 2018-19 roster.
After today's match against Oglethorpe, the Mammoths will set their sights on Kenyon (March 11) before Carnegie Mellon on Tuesday (March 12). Amherst will take a day off before concluding their Florida competition with Washington (Mo.), Case Western Reserve, and Colorado College.
The Purple & White will return to home court when they host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on March 22nd in their home opener. They will then host Swarthmore (March 24th) before beginning conference action against Tufts on March 30th. The Mammoths will hit the road April 6th-7th when they take on Colby College and Trinity College before returning to Amherst, hosting Bowdoin (April 14th) and Bates College (April 17th).
Amherst rounds out their regular season with Little Three Rivals Williams and Wesleyan (Conn.) before hosting Middlebury College on April 27th which begins at 12:00 PM.
The Amherst men's tennis team opened their spring season blanking Oglethorpe 9-0 on Sunday evening in Florida. In the singles draw at number one, Wei held Walker Benson to less than one point in two sets, winning 6-0 and 6-1. Bessette (6-1, 6-2) and Kevin Ma (6-0, 6-3) claimed the second and third spot when they thwarted Richard Johnson and Michael Santaloci respectively. Fung took on Zoe Raymond where he won 6-2, 6-0 before Ruparel halted Matthew Magee by a score of 6-4, 6-0. Foulkes defeated Calvin Schneider (6-1, 6-0) to claim all singles competitions.
Wei and Foulkes highlighted the doubles draw when they blanked the duo of Santaloci and Connor Sisson 8-0. Bessette and Fung took down Benson and Johnson at number one (8-3) while Ruparel and Turchetta limited Raymond and Schneider to two points (8-2) to complete the opening sweep for the Mammoths.
Doebler, "They are really enjoying being on the court and we are all very excited for this spring".