Ephs host Wilson/Men's ITA New England Championships
September 27, 2009
Andy Peters of Middlebury won the ITA New England Championship
by bouncing back from a 5-7 second set loss to defeat
teammate Andrew Thompson (6-2, 5-7, 6-4). Peters breezed through
the bracket. His only three set match came in the finals.
Andrew Thompson was equally dominant; in the semifinals Thompson was able to withstand the barrage of Eph freshman Felix Sun (6-4, 6-3). Sun had a raucous home crowd on his side and put up a spirited effort but was unable to overcome Thompson's determination. Eph Coach Dan Greenberg was very pleased with his freshman's talent and poise saying, "Felix had an awesome debut. He played very steady tennis, and for a first-year in his first tournament, his focus was impressive."
In doubles Middlebury continued their strong tournament. Middlebury's Andrew Thompson reached yet another final, teaming up with Andrew Lee to capture the doubles crown over Trinity's Feldman/McCook (8-5). Coach Greenberg was very impressed with the caliber of play Middlebury brought to the tournament saying, "In the finals of singles and doubles, Middlebury's guys battled very hard, and their determination paid off. I'd say they earned it."
While the individual results for the Ephs were not what they had hoped for, Coach Greenberg saw a silver lining in the weekend, "As a team, maybe our guys didn't do as well as they would have liked to. But I thought they did everything the right way, which will pay off as we get more match experience and practice time this fall."
The Ephs next take to the courts for the three day Dartmouth Invitational, October 2-4.
September 26, 2009
Day two of singles completion began with three Ephs still in contention for the singles crown. The classes of the field, however, were the Middlebury and Amherst squads who, respectively, had five and four athletes remaining.
On the doubles side, Middlebury and Bates each had two teams remaining. The Ephs, on the back of early morning heroics still had one team in competition.
When the dust had settled on the second day of competition in the Wilson/ITA New England Championships the Middlebury Panthers saw themselves in a commanding position. Middlebury placed three of their athletes in the singles semi finals. The lone outsider is Williams' freshman phenom Felix Sun.
The Singles competition was fraught with upsets. Number one seed Nick Lebedoff fell in a tight match to archrival Amherst's Andrew Jung(6-3, 7-5). Williams' Felix Sun was able to settle the score by knocking off second seed Austin Chafetz of Amherst (6-3,2-6, 6-3. Coach Dan Greenburg could not have been prouder of his freshman's effort saying, "Felix really battled out there today. Both of his wins were in three sets over two of, in my estimation, the strongest players in the tournament. As a freshman, he showed a lot of poise going up against such strong competition. I couldn't be prouder of his effort today."
Third seed Spencer Feldman of Trinity cruised through his first match of the day. However, in his second match he ran into a determined Andy Peters of Middlebury. Peters was able to squeeze out the victory (6-4, 6-2).
Sun and Peters will be joined in the singles quarterfinals by Middlebury's Andrew Thompson and Andrew Lee.
In Doubles Competition the final has been set between Middlebury's team of Thomson/Lee, who bulldozed through the bracket, and Trinity's team of Feldman/McCook. Feldmam/McCook overcame a determined Williams team of Petrie/Chaplin, who had previously beaten reigning NCAA doubles champion Rupasinghe/Bettles of Bates, by a score of 8-4. Coach Greenberg was very proud of the Petrie/Chaplin duo saying, "To beat Rupasiinghe, the NCAA champion in doubles from last year is quite an accomplishment. I thought that they both played extremely well. They competed and made all the right plays."
The Wilson/Men's ITA New England Championships resume tomorrow (Sunday) morning at 9 am with the semifinals of the singles, followed by the championship matches of the singles and doubles brackets.
September 25, 2009
Williamstown, MA- The first day of the Wilson/ITA New England Championships was marked by great competition. Seven of the top eight seeds advanced to the round of 16. Number one seed Nick Lebedoff of Williams faced an early test in Mike Reiss of Bates. Lebedoff overcame a difficult second set and advanced (6-3,0-6, 6-4). Second seed Austin Chafetz of Amherst cruised through his opening match (6-2, 6-0). Spencer Feldman dominated his opening match (6-3, 6-1). Fourth ranked Andrew Thomson of Middlebury followed the trend, winning (6-3. 6-2). Things were a bit more interesting for Jeremy Weinberger of Williams who faced a formidable foe in Josh Cranin of Bowdoin. Weinberger overcame a troublesome second set, winning (6-3,3-6,6-4). The lone upset of the day came at the hands of Wes Waterman of Amherst who defeated six seed Oscar Pena of Bowdoin 1-6,6-4,7-6(3). Andrew Lee of Middlebury and Amrit Rupasinghe of Bates both advanced in straight sets.
Other notable matches included Will Petire who lost a heartbreaking match to Eliot Jia of Middlebury 3-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). First year Coach Dan Greenberg said, "Will Petire played extremely well. After battling for so long it was heartbreaking to see him lose in a tiebreak."
Freshman Felix Sun, of Williams, looked extremely sharp winning both of his matches (6-2, 6-1). Coach Greenberg was proud of Sun's effort, "Feliz really worked hard today. All the work he put into the offseason really paid off in his two well deserved wins."
In doubles, the top two seeds Neely/Pena of Bowdoin and Rupasinghe/Bettles of Bates dominated their matches and advanced to the quarter finals. Unfortunately for the Ephs, three of their pairings were bounced in hard fought second round matches. The remaining Eph team of Petrie/Chaplin will have to wait until Saturday to finish their second round match(darkness).
Overall Coach Greenberg was happy with the Eph's performance saying, "I couldn't be prouder of how the guys battled today. The first tournament of the year is always an interesting challenge and every player rose to the occasion."
The ITA's resume tomorrow morning with the final match of the doubles' second round. Following that match the doubles will compete in their quarter and semi finals. The singles will compete in the round of 16, quarterfinals, and semi finals.
September 24, 2009
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Torrence M. Hunt
Tournament Courts at Williams College will play host to the
Wilson/Men’s ITA New England Championships Friday through
Sunday. Play on Friday will begin at 9:00 AM. Should inclement
weather interrupt play the matches will move to the Williams indoor
courts located in Lansing Chapman Rink.
Should inclement weather interrupt play the matches will move to the Williams indoor courts located in Lansing Chapman Rink. Six of the top 25 teams in Division III will be on hand to compete this weekend: Amherst (2), Middlebury (5), Williams (8), Bowdoin (13), Trinity (19), and Bates (23).
The Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Regional Championships date back to 1986 and have also been known as the Omni Hotels and Rolex Regional Championships. The regional championships feature the top men's and women's players from each of the ITA's regions.
The singles and doubles champions from the New England Regional advance to the 2009 ITA National Small College Championships, held October 15-18 at the Mobile (Ala.) Tennis Center. The ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.
The Wilson/ITA New England Championships Seeding Committee has released the seeds for this weekend.
1. Nick Lebedoff, Williams
2. Austin Chafetz, Amherst
3. Spencer Feldman, Trinity
4. Andrew Thomson, Middlebury
5. Jeremy Weinberger, Williams
6. Oscar Pena, Bowdoin
7. Andrew Lee, Middlebury
8. Amrit Rupasinghe, Bates
Matt Bettles, Bates
Andrew Jung, Amherst
Mark Kahan, Amherst
Anson McCook, Trinity
Peter Odell, Middlebury
Will Petrie, Williams
Andy Peters, Middlebury
Felix Sun, Williams
1. James Neely/Oscar Pena, Bowdoin
2. Amrit Rupasinghe/Matt Bettles, Bates
3. Spencer Feldman/Anson McCook, Trinity
4. Andrew Thomson/Andrew Lee, Middlebury
Austin Chafetz/Robby Sorrel, Amherst
Eliot Jia/Eric Vehovec, Middlebury
Nick Lebedoff/Bryan Chow, Williams
Kevin Shallcross/Jeremy Weinberger, Williams
The singles and doubles draws will be announced later on Thursday, September 24 and will be posted here.