Men’s Tennis Plays In Split Squad Competition At Dartmouth and Bates
Issue   |   Tue, 10/13/2015 - 23:51

The Amherst College men’s tennis team split their squad for fall break, with four players competing at the Dartmouth Invitational on Friday-Sunday, Oct. 9-11, and eight members of the team travelling to Bates College for the Wallach Invitational on Saturday, Oct. 10.

At the three-day Dartmouth Invitational, seniors Aaron Revzin, Ben Fife, Michael Solimano and Andrew Yaraghi competed against players from NESCAC rivals Williams College and Middlebury College as well as Division I programs Yale, Brown, Dartmouth and Brown.

In singles action, Revzin led the purple and white with a 2-1 record on the weekend while the Jeffs recorded a 3-7 overall record. He defeated Buffalo’s Akhil Mehta in straight sets (6-2, 7-5) on Friday and came back from a set down to defeat Williams’ Jordan Sadowsky (3-6, 6-2, 6-4) on Saturday.

Amherst also compiled a 2-3 overall record in doubles play, with the pairing of Fife and Yaraghi going 2-1 for the weekend. The two seniors fell in their first match (8-5) on Saturday to Buffalo’s Ethan Nittolo and Pablo Alvarez. However, they defeated the Williams pairing of Sadowsky and Deepak Indrakanti in a close, 9-7 match later on Saturday, and beat Yale’s Jason Brown and Stefan Doehler handily (8-1).

In singles action at the Wallach Invitational, the Jeffs compiled a 6-8 record. In ‘A’ flight action, Zach Bessette ’19 moved past the opening round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Rex Glickman of Trinity, but then fell 2-6, 6-2, 10-4 in the quarterfinals to Luke Tercek of Bowdoin. Justin Sun ’19 defeated Kit Sanderson of Skidmore 6-0, 2-6, 20-7 in round one, but also fell in the quarterfinals to Ben Rosen of Bates 6-3, 6-0.

In ‘B’ flight action, Ben Birkenfeld ’18 reached the quarterfinals with a 5-7, 6-2, 10-6 victory over Trinity’s Aaron Segel but was ousted by Zain Ali of Tufts 6-4, 6-1. Birkenfeld was ousted by Zain Ali of Tufts 6-4, 6-1, and Levitin fell 6-0, 3-6, 12-10 to Rob Jacobson of Tufts.

In ‘C’ flight action, Cameron Raglin ’19 lost in the quarterfinals, and Brik Mitau ’16 lost in round one. In the ‘D’ flight, Carlos de Bracamonte ’16 fell in the quarterfinals, while Russell Einbinder ’16 was ousted in round one.

The doubles pairing of Raglin and Birkenfeld was able to move past the opening round of the ‘A’ flight with an 8-4 victory over Middlebury’s Kyle Schlanger and Allen Jackson, but they fell 8-6 in the quarterfinals to Kai Yuen Leung and Nick Tong of Skidmore.

Elsewhere in doubles, Bessette and Sun were unable to make it past the first round in the ‘A’ flight, while the pairings of Mitau/Levitin and Einbinder/de Bracamonte lost in the first round of the ‘B’ flight.