May 6, 2012
Amherst wins NESCAC Championship
WILLIAMSTOWN-- The Amherst men's tennis won their second consecutive NESCAC Championship on Sunday, taking down Bowdoin College 5-3 on the campus of Williams College.
Amherst built a 2-1 lead after doubles play behind strong play from their number two and three pairs. Wes Waterman and Chris Dale were first off court for the Lord Jeffs with an 8-5 win over Casey Grindon and Chris Lord. Oscar Pena and Samuel King quickly evened the match at 1-1 with an 8-2 win in their pro-set. Andrew Jung and Mark Kahan won the critical third available point for Amherst with a 9-8 win.
Austin Chafetz registered Amherst's first singles win in straight sets over Bowdoin's Samuel King. Wes Waterman then extended Amherst's lead to 4-1 with a straight set victory of his own over Kyle Wolstencroft.
Oscar Pena won his first set but lost the second, setting up a must-win third set. Pena was able to come through with a 6-3 win to keep Bowdoin alive. Not long after, however, Joey Fritz clinched his match, 6-2, 7-5 and the title for Amherst.
Amherst earns an automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with the win, and Bowdoin will hope for an at-large bid. Amherst currently holds the #1 ranking in the nation.
1. Pena/King (B) def Rattenhuber/Chafetz (A) 8-2
2. Jung/Kahan (A) def Caplan/Wolstencroft (B) 9-8
3. Waterman/Dale (A) def Grindon/Lord (B) 8-5
1. Pena (B) def Kahan (A) 6-2, 1-6, 6-3
2. Chafetz (A) def King (B) 6-2, 6-2
3. Lord (B) vs Rattenhuber TIED 6-4, 5-7 (Unfinished)
4. Fritz (A) def Grindon (B) 6-2, 7-5
5. Brag (B) vs Jung (A) TIED 3-6, 6-2 (Unfinished)
6. Waterman (A) def Wolstencroft (B) 6-2, 6-3
May 5, 2012
Amherst defeats Middlebury 5-1
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA –– Austin Chafetz's (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA) 7-5, 6-4 win over Alec Parower (Scarsdale, NY) secured Amherst's passage to the NESCAC finals. The No. 1 Lord Jeffs (28-2) defeated the No. 4 Panthers (13-6), and will play No. 1 Amherst tomorrow at 1pm.
Amherst led 2-1 after doubles play. Andrew Jung (Battle Creek, MI) and Mark Kahan (Unionville, CT) earned the first point for the Lord Jeffs, beating Derrick Angle (Troy, NY), and Andrew Lebovitz (Weston, MA) 8-5. No. 1 doubles pair Chefetz and Luis Rattenhuber (Munich, Germany) defeated Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Il) and Spencer Lunghino (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fl.) 8-5 to give the Lord Jeff's a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.
Wes Waterman (Palm Beach Garden's, FL) added to the Jeff's lead, beating Eric Vehovec(Toronto, Canada) 7-5, 6-2. Amherst won the next two singles matches to earn the 5-1 win. Chafetz's victory over Parower secured Amherst's win. They will play Bowdoin tomorrow at 1pm.
Rattenhuber/Chafetz (A) def. Jones/Lunghino (M), 9-8
Andrew Jung/Mark Kahan (A) def. Derrick Angle/Andrew Lebovitz (M), 8-5
Fitzgibbons/Oberrender (M) def. Waterman/Dale (A), 9-7
Jones (M) v. Kahan (A), 7-5, 1-6 (Did Not Finish)
Chafetz (A) def. Parower (M) 7-5, 6-4
Angle (M) v. Rattenhuber (A), 6-7, 2-1, (Did Not Finish)
Lunghino (M) v. Fritz (A), 5-7, 5-4 (Did Not Finish)
Jung (A) def. Fitzgibbons (M), 6-4, 6-2
Waterman (A) def. Vehovec (M), 7-5, 6-2.
#2 Williams knocked out by#3 Bowdoin
WILLIAMSTOWN -- The Bowdoin men's tennis team avenged last weekend's loss to Williams with a 5-3 NESCAC semi-final win on Saturday.
Bowdoin trailed 2-1 after doubles play, with their lone point coming from the second pair of Doug Kaplan and Kyle Wolstencroft. Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer won at the top spot for Williams over Oscar Pena and Samuel King, 8-2. Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie beat Casey Grindon and Chris Lord 8-4.
Casey Grindon was first off court in singles play for Bowdoin, registering a 7-5, 6-4 win to even the score at 2-2. Trey Meyer then gave the Ephs a 3-2 advantage with a win a 7-6, 6-1 win at number one.
It was all Bowdoin after that, as Kyle Wolstencroft, Noah Bragg, and Chris Lord won the next three singles matches to bring the Polar Bears to five points. Lord and Bragg each dropped their first set, but were able to bounce back to take their matches in three sets. Wolstencroft had a more routine 6-1, 7-6 win.
Bowdoin advances to tomorrow's final against Amherst, who beat Middlebury in today's other semi-final. That match is scheduled for 1:00 PM.
1. Meyer/Chow (W) def Pena/King (B) 8-2
2. Caplan/Wolstencroft (B) def Sun/Micheli (W) 8-6
3. Shallcross/Petrie (W) def Grindon/Lord (B) 8-4
1. Meyer (W) def Pena (B) 7-6, 6-1
2. Sun (W) lead King (W) 3-6, 6-2, 2-0
3. Lord (B) def Micheli (W) 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
4.Grindon (B) def Weiss (W) 7-5, 6-4
5. Bragg (B) def Chow (W) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
6. Wolstencroft (B) def Petrie (W) 6-1, 7-6
May 4, 2012
No. 4 Middlebury edges No. 5 Bates, 5-4, behind singles play
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Spencer Lunghino finished off Pierre Planche in straight sets Friday, 6-4, 6-3, to send the fourth-seeded Middlebury College Panthers to the NESCAC semifinals with a 5-4 win over Bates College at the Torrance M. Hunt Courts Friday.
The Bobcats finished their season 10-8, while Middlebury improved to 13-5. The Panthers will take on top-seeded Amherst Saturday at 1 p.m.
Friday, Bates took a 2-1 lead out of doubles play with the tandems of Matt Bettles/Robert Crampton and Timmy Berg/Planche providing victories. But Middlebury quickly seized control of the four singles matches they needed for a team win.
First, Bratner Jones knocked off Berg 6-2, 6-2 at one singles. Edward Fitzgibbons breezed 6-0, 6-0 at five to make it 3-2 Middlebury. After Crampton tied the match at three with a 6-0, 6-2 win at second singles, Eric Vehovec fought off Bates' Ben Bogard at six singles for a 6-0, 6-4 victory.
Bettles won 6-2, 6-3 at three singles to tie the match at four, but by that time Lunghino had a 6-4, 5-2 lead over Planche at four and finished him off 6-3 to send Middlebury to the semifinals.
Third Seed Bowdoin Tops Six Seed Trinity 5-0 to Advance to Saturday's NESCAC Men's Tennis Semifinals
BENNINGTON, VT -- Playing at the Bennington Tennis Center due to inclement weather in nearby Williamstown, Mass., and on the campus of Williams College, Bowdoin opened up a 3-0 lead after doubles play en route to a 5-0 win over Trinity to advance to the NESCAC semifinals tomorrow afternoon.
Bowdoin won the #1 (8-6) and #3 (8-4) doubles matches and the Polar Bears' second duo of Doug Caplan and Kyle Wolstoncroft edged the Bantams' pairing of Charles McConnell and Kayong Lee 9-8 to put Bowdoin in command of the match.
The fourth Bowdoin point on the day came from Casey Grindon at #4 singles, where he downed Charles McConnell 6-1, 6-1.
The Polar Bears' Samuel King delivered the deciding fifth point when he defeated Kayong Lee in straight sets 6-4, 6-1 at #2 singles.
Bowdoin also defeated Trinity in their regular season match-up by capturing a 6-1 victory in Hartford.
Bowdoin will be making its second straight trip to the NESCAC semifinals and they will face second seed and host Williams at 1:00 PM tomorrow.
With the win Bowdoin improves to 12-6 on the year, while the Bantams of Trinity finish the season at 9-8.
Bowdoin has now won 10 of their last 11 matches with the lone loss in that skein coming at the hands of Williams, 5-4, in Brunswick, Maine on April 28th. The last two times the Polar Bears and the Ephs have met the score of the match has been 5-4 in favor of the Ephs.
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Ephs Set to Host NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship Friday - Sunday
HADLEY, Mass. – Top-seeded Amherst College will pursue its second consecutive conference crown this weekend when the Lord Jeffs battle the field at the NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship. The 2012 edition of the tournament opens on Friday at Williams with first round action between Bates and Middlebury along with Trinity and Bowdoin. Winners from Friday will advance to Saturday's semifinals and face either Amherst or Williams. The NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship will come to a close on Sunday, May 6 at 1:00 p.m.
"It's exciting to be able host this year. The NESCAC is as deep as it's ever been," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "Every match should feature great competition."
If inclement weather intrudes upon play the matches will be moved indoors to the Lansing Chapman Rink. If rain comes early on Friday the day's first men's match will begin at 2:00 PM in Lansing Chapman Rink with the second match of the day scheduled for 5:00 PM.
All of the matches in the NESCAC Championship will be played only to determination – when one team secures its fifth point the match will end.
A year ago at Middlebury, Amherst won its first NESCAC championship since 1992, rolling past Bowdoin and then rival Williams by 5-0 scores en route to its fourth overall league title. The victory was a preview of things to come during the month of May, as the Lord Jeffs would go on to hoist the NCAA trophy for the first time ever just a few weeks later and finished with a 36-1 record.
Amherst (27-2, 8-0 NESCAC) hasn't missed a beat this season. The Jeffs, who went undefeated in eight conference matches, have faced the five other participants in the tournament, notably earning 9-0 wins over Middlebury and Trinity and narrowly defeating Bates and Williams by 5-4 scores. A win on Saturday afternoon could set Amherst up against Williams in the tournament for the fifth year in a row if the Ephs advance, as the Jeffs are 3-1 in their last four postseason meetings with their rivals.
Before it can think about Sunday's final, Amherst will have to get past the winner of Friday's first round match between fourth-seeded Middlebury (12-5, 4-3 NESCAC) and fifth-seeded Bates (10-7, 4-4 NESCAC). All of the Panthers' six NESCAC titles have come in the last eight years, winning four in a row from 2004 through 2007 and then back-to-back crowns beginning in 2009 before going all the way to the NCAA title in 2010. With all the recent success, the tide appeared to shift away from Middlebury during last year's championship. The Panthers failed to advance to Sunday's final for the first time since the current tournament format was adopted in 2006, and this year Middlebury missed out on bypassing the opening round for the first time. Looking at this season, the Panthers already own a 7-2 victory over their first round opponent, the Bobcats. Back in the NESCAC championship after being absent from the field last spring, Bates put together a 10-3 mark since that setback to Middlebury on March 11 with all three losses coming against tournament opponents Amherst, Bowdoin, and Williams. The Bobcats, whose only conference title came in 1988, are hoping to make their first appearance in Saturday's semifinals.
Friday's other first round match features third-seeded Bowdoin (11-6, 7-2 NESCAC) against sixth-seeded Trinity (9-7, 5-4 NESCAC), as the Polar Bears and the Bantams will clash in the opening round for the third time in the last four years. In the 2009 championship, Bowdoin got past Trinity 5-3 before dropping a 5-1 decision to eventual champ Middlebury in the semis. The Bantams turned the tables during the 2010 tournament, earning a 5-2 victory in the opening round that prevented the Polar Bears from making their fourth consecutive semifinal showing.
Bowdoin managed to return to the semifinals in 2011 with a 5-1 victory over Tufts, while Trinity fell short to Williams by the same score. It's been an impressive spring so far for the Polar Bears. After suffering a 7-2 setback to Amherst in California on March 20, Bowdoin went on a nine-match tear before losing again, a streak that included a 6-1 win over Trinity on March 31. The Bantams have been idle since falling in their second consecutive match on April 24, 6-3 to Bates. Of note is the fact that the Polar Bears are the only team to advance out of the first round and win the NESCAC title, doing so in thrilling fashion during the 2008 championship.
Waiting to face the Bowdoin-Trinity winner will be second-seeded Williams (15-1, 6-1 NESCAC). The only blemish on the Ephs' record so far this season has been the aforementioned 5-4 loss to the rival Lord Jeffs on April 22. During the match, Williams held a 2-1 advantage after doubles but was outmaneuvered in singles play 4-2, as Amherst won at positions one, three, four, and five with half of the decisions coming in straight sets.
The Ephs rebounded in their next outing by getting past Bowdoin 5-4 on April 28 before wrapping up the conference schedule the next day at Bates, 6-3. Prior to the setback to Amherst, Williams claimed an 8-1 win at Trinity on April 9, as the Ephs have faced the five other tournament foes in the past month. No team in the history of the conference has more league crowns than Williams' 14, and although the Ephs have reached Sunday's final in each of the last two years, eight seasons have come and gone since they last held the championship trophy.
The format of the NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship changed in the spring of 2006 and features six teams vying for the NESCAC crown. Prior to 2006, the event was set up as an individual flighted tournament that included players from all 11 members of the NESCAC. Individuals and doubles teams were seeded in different classes, and a team score was determined on a points system that assigned a value for wins.
The championship field is now chosen by a tournament selection committee, which seeds the six participating team, with the top two seeds receiving a first round bye. Results of each match and updated schedules will be available at the conclusion of each day at www.nescac.com.
2012 NESCAC MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
First Round - Friday, May 4 at Williams
No. 4 Middlebury 5 - No. 5 Bates 4 -- FINAL
No. 3 Bowdoin 5 - No. 6 Trinity 0 -- FINAL
Semifinals - Saturday, May 5 at Williams
No. 1 Amherst 5, No. 4 Middlebury 1
No. 3 Bowdoin 5, No. 2 Williams 3
Championship - Sunday, May 6 at Williams
No. 1 Amherst vs. No. 3 Bowdoin - 1:00