Mammoths Dealt First Loss of the Year by #9 Washington (MO)

Mammoths Dealt First Loss of the Year by #9 Washington (MO)

HAINES CITY, Fla. – Amherst College men's tennis finished strong to pull within one point, but fell to #9 Washington University (St. Louis) 5-4 on Thursday afternoon.

#7 Amherst (5-1) won at four of six singles matches but the Bears (9-4) had already clinched the match by taking all three doubles points and then jumping out to a 5-1 lead early in singles play.

Kevin Ma '21 defeated the #32 ranked player in the country, Bernardo Neves, coming from behind for a 4-6, 7-6 (7-3) 10-5 victory.

Jayson Fung '20 won in straight sets (6-4, 6-3) at fourth singles, and Damien Ruparel '22 and Harris Foulkes '22 each claimed victories at the final two singles spots.

Ruparel topped Luke McClelland 6-4, 3-6, 10-8 and Foulkes won when Koki Takabatake retired with the match tied 6-7 (5-7), 7-5.

Sophomore Ethan Hillis picked up a pair of victories on the day for WashU, including a straight-set win over No. 18 ranked Sean Wei '21 at No. 1 singles. Hillis improved his overall record to 25-6, including 17-3 in singles. 

Bears sophomore Daniel Li also had a pair of wins at No. 3 singles and No. 3 doubles.  

Amherst continues their Florida schedule tomorrow morning when they head back to Orlando to face #14 Case Western Reserve. First serve is at 8:00 AM.