ORLANDO, Fla. – Amherst men's tennis battled Kenyon College, splitting the singles draw 3-3 before duos Zach Bessette '19, Jayson Fung '20 and Sean Wei '21, Harris Foulkes claimed two of the doubles matches to lift the Mammoths over the Lords in their second competition Monday afternoon.
Amherst will return to action tomorrow morning when they take on Carnegie Mellon at 11:30 AM. Kenyon will rest tomorrow before facing Case Western Reserve University on Wednesday at 6:30 PM.
The day opened up with the singles draw where the Lords claimed the top-three spots of the ladder. Wei and Bessette were both halted by Austin Diehl (6-3, 6-3) and Jacob Zalenski (6-3, 6-3) by the same score line in the top two spots while Kevin Ma '21 fell at number three (6-1, 6-1) to Nicholas Paolucci.
Kenyon's Bryan Yoshino posted three points in his opening set with Fung, however, the Mammoths took the win with 6-3 and 6-1 finishes. First-year Damien Ruparel '22 dropped his opening set against Pascal Lee by a 6-4 margin before answering with a second set win (6-3). Ruparel continued the momentum into the third when he blanked Lee 6-0 for the Mammoth win. Foulkes capped off the singles for Amherst after limiting Henry Barrett to one point in the first set and three in the second (6-1, 6-3).
With everything all square heading into the doubles competition, the Mammoths took the lead when Wei and Foulkes combined to thwart Zalenski and Lee 8-4 in the first match. At number one, Bessette and Fung secured Amherst's second win on the spring when they held Diehl and Yoshino to two points, walking away with an 8-2 triumph. At number three, Paolucci and Barrett held on to take one doubles win for the Lords, defeating Ruparel and William Turchetta '22 by a score of 8-7.