Men's Tennis Bounces Back after Tough Loss against Tufts, Dominates Skidmore
Issue   |   Wed, 04/06/2016 - 00:43

The No. 8 Amherst men’s tennis team fell short to No. 17 Tufts this Saturday afternoon in Longmeadow, Massachusetts, losing 7-2 in the match. The purple and white is now 10-4 overall and 2-1 in NESCAC play.

Anton Zykov ’17 earned the only singles win of the day for Amherst, finishing 6-4, 6-2 in a decisive win over Tufts’ Nik Telkexzhiev.

In the number two singles spot, senior Michael Solimano played Jay Glickman to three sets, but ended up losing 5-7, 7-5, 6-1 to surrender the point to Tufts.

Andrew Yaraghi ’16 also put up a great fight, but was ultimately defeated in three sets by Rohan Gupte 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to tally a loss for the third singles spot.

Aaron Revzin ’16 and Solimano clinched the sole doubles win for the purple and white, taking down their Tufts opponents 8-6.

“We have high expectations for ourselves with enough talent and experience to back it up”, Revzin said. “That unfortunately makes the losses hurt that much more. Fortunately, the setback came early enough in the season, so we have time to adjust. We’re making some adjustments to our doubles play to convert that back into a strength of ours.”

On Sunday, April 3, the team took five singles victories enroute to a 6-3 victory against No. 31 Skidmore College. On the first two singles courts, Zykov and Solimano impressed, winning their matches 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-0, respectively.

Amherst also claimed victories on the fourth and fifth courts, by way of first-year Zach Bessette and Revzin. Bessette defeated his opponent by a score of 6-0, 6-4, while Revzin’s win came as a result of a hard-fought 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 win. On the sixth singles court, senior Ben Fife won in straight sets, by a score of 6-2, 6-2. Amherst’s final win of the match came by way of Zykov and Yaraghi, who won by a score of 8-6 on the second court.
Amherst will travel to Maine to match up against Bates on Saturday, April 9.