MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Amherst College men's tennis is back in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) championship game after defeating Bowdoin College 5-2 on Saturday morning in the semifinals round.
The Mammoths, #4 in the country and the #1 seed in New England and in the NESCAC tournament, will face the winner of Wesleyan and Middlebury on Sunday morning for the title.
Jayson Fung '20 fought back from one set down to earn a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4 win over Oscar Yang at third singles and seal the match for Amherst (16-3).
Amherst turned a 2-2 match into a semifinals victory in the blink of an eye, as Zach Bessette '19 and William Turchetta '22 both took matches that could have gone either way and turned them into Amherst wins.
Bessette also turned around a 1-0 deficit and defeated Justin Wang at #4 singles (2-6, 6-4, 7-5). Turchetta, who defeated Justin Patel 6-3 in the first set, came back to force a tiebreak and earned a 7-6 (7-4) victory in set two to put the Mammoths ahead 4-2 over Bowdoin (16-4).
To get to their second victory of the year over the Polar Bears, Amherst took a different route than on April 14th, when they fell behind 4-0 at home and then ran off five straight singles wins.
This time, they opened up a 2-1 victory in doubles play, winning in tiebreaks at first and second doubles.
Bowdoin grabbed a point at third doubles behind Yang and Patel, and then tied the match at two when Urken beat Wei 6-2, 6-4 at first singles.
The Mammoths are making their 19th appearance in the NESCAC tournament, and are aiming for their 7th conference championship. They last appeared in the final in 2014, when they defeated top-seed Middlebury to capture their most recent championship.