ORLANDO, Fla. -- For the second day in a row, the Amherst College men's tennis team slipped past a nationally ranked opponent, as the #7 Mammoths defeated #15 Carnegie Mellon 5-4.
Kevin Ma '21 won the deciding point at #3 singles, beating Chaz Downing 7-5, 7-6 (7-2) to secure the victory for the Mammoths after the Tartans had fought back from a 3-1 deficit to tie things at four.
First year Harrison Foulkes and sophomore Sean Wei got the day started with an 8-4 win at #2 doubles, defeating Ray Boppana and Nicholas Calzolano.
Zach Bessette '19 and Jayson Fung '20 put Amherst ahead 2-0 with an 8-7 victory at the #1 doubles position, though Vayum Arora and Yannick Bloem salvaged one point by topping Damien Ruparel '22 and Williams Turchetta '22 8-6 at third doubles.
Wei was an easy winner over Daniel Levine at #1 singles, finishing his match first (6-2, 6-2).
Boppana was not fair behind to claim a point at #4 singles for Carnegie Mellon, topping Fung 6-0, 6-3 and Sam Gibson tied the match at three with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Foulkes in #6.
Bessette used a 7-6, 6-3 win at third singles to put Amherst in the driver's seat, but needed Ma's point to clinch it after Clark Safran outlasted Damien Ruparel '22 in a super tiebreak (10-7) after Ruparel won the first set 7-5 and Safran went 6-4 in the second.
The Mammoths improve to 5-0 on the season and will continue to test themselves against the other best teams in the country on Thursday when they play Washington (MO) at 3:00 PM in Orlando.