Men's Tennis Blanks MIT
Issue   |   Wed, 10/09/2013 - 00:34

Men

The Amherst men’s tennis team had an excellent day on Saturday, shutting out MIT, 9-0. Nine different players represented Amherst in their three doubles and six singles matches on the day. Overall, the Jeffs performed very well, outscoring MIT 92-45 in total games.

The team started off the afternoon strong by sweeping all three of the doubles matches. Senior captains Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel led the team in the number one spot and defeated their opponents easily, 8-1. Sophomores Aaron Revzin and Michael Solimano had similar success in the second spot, winning 8-3.

When asked to reflect on his partner’s day, Revzin noted, “Mike had a great performance on and off the court. We’re hoping to see that more as the year progresses”.

In the third spot Andrew Yaraghi ’16 and Anton Zykov ’17 were able to beat their opponents, 8-4, to close the doubles action on the day.

In the singles action, Andrew Arnaboldi ’17 made his collegiate debut in the sixth spot. After winning the first set, 6-4, Arnaboldi dropped the second set by the same score before coming back to win an extremely competitive third set tiebreak 10-8.

Fellow first-year Myles Tang continued his consistent play and routed his opponent, Dennis Garcia, 6-0, 6-3.
Zykov made quick work of his opponent as well, winning in the third spot, 6-3, 6-2. Yaraghi also recorded another win in the number two spot, defeating Kevin Wang in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Senior Justin Hendrix saw the court for the first time this fall by playing in the fourth singles spot, where he had no trouble against his opponent, Curtis Wu, overpowering him by a score of 6-1, 6-2.

Leading the team in the first singles spot, Fritz had a tough match, as he couldn’t capture the first set, losing 4-6. However, the veteran player was able to bounce back and win the second set, 6-2, as well as the third set tiebreak 10-3.

After a successful day of tennis for the Jeffs, Revzin commented, “Seems like everyone on the team is starting to play really well headed into the most important weekend of the fall season”.

The Jeffs will split squads this weekend to close their fall season. Part of the team will travel to Bates for the two-day Wallach Invitational, while others will travel to compete in dual matches against Johns Hopkins on Saturday and Carnegie Mellon on Sunday.

Women

The Amherst women’s tennis team did not have the same success this past weekend as they fell to their archrivals Williams in their only dual match of the fall season.

The day started off slowly as Williams won two of the three doubles matches. Jordan Brewer ’14 and Gabby Devlin ’14 continued their dominance as a pair, notching the team’s only doubles win, 8-3, in the number one spot.

Zoe Pangalos ’14 and Jen Newman ’14 fell in the two spot, 8-6, in a closely contested match. Safi Aly ’15 and Sue Ghosh ’16 weren’t able to figure out their opponents in the third spot, losing 8-3.

Unfortunately, the Jeffs did not achieve much more success in the singles matches, as they only were able to record two wins.
Devlin won her match in the number two spot, 6-3, 6-4 and number three Newman was able to win her match as well in a competitive three set match, 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

In the third spot, Ghosh and her opponent couldn’t have been more evenly matched as they battled to two tiebreaks. Sadly, she ultimately wasn’t able to come out victorious in either set, losing 6-7, 6-7 with tiebreak scores of 1-7 and 4-7. Regardless, Ghosh played some excellent tennis and fought hard.

In fifth and sixth spots, Pangalos and first-year Amanda Zalameda proved to be no match for their Williams opponents and they both lost in straight sets. Pangalos by a score of 3-6, 1-6, and Zalameda by a score of 1-6, 1-6.

In the number one spot, Brewer gave her opponent her best effort and lost a cutthroat first set, 5-7, before getting blanked in the second set, 0-6.

The Jeffs have two weeks to regroup before their next series of matches at the three day tournament, NEWITT, which is the weekend of Friday, Oct. 18.

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