Men's Tennis Extends Win Streak to 10
Issue   |   Tue, 04/08/2014 - 23:20

The fourth-ranked Amherst men’s tennis team picked up its first NESCAC victory of the season on March 29 against Tufts. The team’s success continued this past weekend, as the Jeffs won three more matches to extend their unbeaten streak to 10.

Against Tufts, the Jeffs swept the Jumbos 9-0, earning wins down both the singles and doubles ladders. In doubles, seniors Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel won 8-6 to continue their stellar play in the top spot. The team decided to change up the pairings for the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, inserting sophomores Aaron Revzin and Andrew Yaraghi in the second slot where they won 8-2, and Michael Solimano ’16 and Chris Dale ’14 in the third, winning 8-1.

All Jeffs were able to win their singles matches in the straight sets, except in the No. 6 spot where Revzin went to a third set tiebreaker to grind out the victory.

“Everyone played very well. It was a very good match for us, especially at the top of the line-up. They’re strong, so it’s nice to get wins up there,” Solimano said.

Notably, Fritz led the pack with a 6-3, 6-2 win in the top singles spot, and Solimano won his match by the same score in the third spot. In the No. 2 singles spot, Dale also found success, defeating his Jumbo opponent 6-2, 6-4.

“It’s hard to win any match 9-0,” Revzin reflected on the win. “They’re a team on the rise, so it’s nice to have such convincing wins against NESCAC rivals, especially when we’ll be seeing them for the next two years.”

This past Saturday, Amherst played its first home match against 18th-ranked Gustavus Adolphus, where the Jeffs had another 9-0 win. After jumping out to a 3-0 lead after doubles, the Jeffs continued the sweep with six singles wins. Of note, Fritz’s, Dale’s and first-year Anton Zykov’s wins all featured a 6-0 set.

On Sunday, the Jeffs played two matches against Babson and Skidmore. Against Babson, Revzin and Yaraghi won their match in the No. 1 doubles spot 9-7. Sean Rodriguez ’15 and Justin Hendrix ’14 stayed unbeaten as a pair this spring, winning their match 8-3. In the third spot, sophomores Carlos de Bracamonte and Russell Einbinder cruised to an 8-1 victory.

In singles, Revzin fell in the No. 1 singles spot, losing 7-6, 6-0.

“After winning the first set that could have gone either way, the Babson player rode the momentum in the second,” Coach Chris Garner remarked on the match.

Babson also claimed the No. 3 singles match, where Rodriguez lost the third set tiebreaker 10-8 after splitting the first two sets 7-6, 2-6.

Einbinder and fellow sophomore Phillip Qu ’16 won their matches in the second and sixth singles spot, respectively. First-years Myles Tang and Sam Silver also won their matches in the fourth and fifth spots, respectively.

“They all earned the opportunity to play through their effort and play in practice over the last couple of weeks,” said Garner on the first-years’ performances over the weekend.

The match against 26th-ranked Skidmore featured the Jeffs’ tenth 9-0 victory of the spring.

When asked if he views 9-0 wins differently from other victories, Garner remarked, “I don’t. As much as I want the team to do well, I want the guys to have a great experience to complement the incredible opportunity they have in the classroom. Obviously winning is more enjoyable than losing, but it is the time together that the guys will remember most.”

Fritz and Reindel picked up another victory in the top doubles spot, winning their match 8-3. Solimano and Yaraghi also had success in the No. 2 spot with an 8-4 victory, and Zykov and Dale won in the third spot, 8-2.

In singles, Fritz dominated his Thoroughbred opponent, rolling to a 6-1, 6-1 win. Dale earned another victory in the second spot, winning his match 6-3, 6-2. In the third spot, Solimano bounced back after losing the first set to win his match 4-6, 6-4, 10-4. Zykov, Reindel and Andrew Arnaboldi ’17 rounded out the singles victories at the bottom of the ladder.

This weekend, the Jeffs will travel to face two NESCAC foes, Bates on Saturday and 12th-ranked Bowdoin on Sunday. At 22-2, the Jeffs hope to cement their place as one of the top teams in the NESCAC.

“The most important part of the week is making sure our seniors have the time needed to finish their thesis work. Bates and Bowdoin are always very competitive matches, so hopefully we will be ready,” Garner said on the upcoming weekend.