Men's, Women's Tennis Keep Winning Streaks Alive
Issue   |   Tue, 04/23/2013 - 22:22

Men

The Amherst men’s tennis team increased their dual-match winning streak to eleven this past weekend as they shut out Trinity, 9-0, on Saturday and topped sixth-ranked Bowdoin, 6-3, on Sunday. A second squad of Jeffs traveled to Babson on Sunday, where they won 6-3 as well.

The match against Bowdoin was yet another upset-win for Amherst as they continue to outplay higher ranked teams and remain undefeated in the NESCAC (7-0). Amherst began the day with two 8-3 wins in doubles as Chris Dale ’14 and Andrew Yaraghi ’16 topped Doug Caplan and Kyle Woistencroft in the No. 1 spot, while Justin Reindel ’14 and Ben Fife ’16 defeated Sam King and Noah Bragg in the No. 2 spot.

In the No. 3 doubles spot, Joey Fritz ’14 and Dan Keolasy ’13 lost a competitive match to Chase Savage and Luke Trinka by a score of 8-6. Still, the Jeffs had a 2-1 lead going into the singles matches. Fritz and Yaraghi both dominated in their singles matches as Fritz routed Bragg, 6-2, 6-0, in the No. 1 spot, and Yaraghi crushed Casey Grindon, 6-0, 6-1, in the No. 2 spot. Dale sealed the match for Amherst as he beat Chris Lord, 6-0, 6-4, in the No. 4 spot.

Notable on day was the No. 3 singles match where Fife had a hard-fought battle against King who he had faced earlier in the day in his doubles match. Fife dropped the first set, 3-6, before coming back to win the second one, 6-4. In the extremely competitive, decisive tiebreak, Fife prevailed with a 14-12 victory.

In the No. 5 singles spot, Reindel lost a tough three set match to Wolstencroft 7-5, 2-6, 10-3. Brenton Arnaboldi ’14 also lost for Amherst in the No. 6 spot, falling to Savage 6-3, 6-4.

Amherst also took a second squad up to Babson where they picked up another win to improve to 24-7 on the season. The match against Babson showed the team’s depth, especially since top players, Mark Kahan ’13 and Michael Solimano ’16 were not in action in either dual-matches.

Next Saturday, April 27, the Jeffs complete their regular season with two matches at home against Suny-Oneonta and ninth-ranked Middlebury. Amherst looks to go undefeated in the NESCAC for the third season in a row.

Women

The top-ranked Amherst women’s tennis team improved to 15-0 o the season in Division III play and 7-0 in the NESCAC as they edged archrival third-ranked Williams, 5-4, on Saturday and defeated Wellesley, 8-1, on Sunday.

Against Williams, Amherst got off to a quick start, capturing all three doubles matches. In the No. 1 spot, Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 remained undefeated as a doubles pair with an easy 8-1 win over Rebecca Curran and Kara Shoemaker. Juniors Jen Newman ’14 and Zoe Pangalos ’14 defeated their opponents, Kathleen Elkins and Maria Pylypiv, 8-4 in the No. 2 spot, while Caroline Richman ’13 and Safaa Aly ’15 beat Nancy Worley and Veranika Li, 8-5, in the No. 3 spot.

The Lady Jeffs encountered more difficulty in the singles matches as they were put to the test for the first time in over two weeks. Pangalos was the first to finish her singles match, besting Alex Stone by a score of 6-4, 6-2 in the No. 6 spot. The No. 5 singles match finished shortly after but with a different result as Devlin lost to Pylypiv, 7-5, 6-1.

With a 4-1 lead, Amherst only needed one more win to clinch the victory. In the end, it was Brewer who was able to triumph over her opponent, Shoemaker, in a competitive 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 match to secure the victory for the Lady Jeffs. Brewer ended up being the only Amherst player to survive her three set match as Newman, Sue Ghosh ’16, and Richman all fell short in the No. 2, No. 3, and No. 4 singles matches, respectively.

On Sunday, Amherst had much less trouble taking down Wellesley as every position in the lineup won except for No. 3 doubles where Mary Soyster ’14 and Rebecca Pol ’16 could not overcome Catherine Matulis and Kendall Tada in a tight 9-7 match.

Next Saturday, the Lady Jeffs travel to Midd. and look to remain undefeated in both NESCAC and Div. III play.

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