Williams' Felix Sun captures Singles Crown in USTA/ITA New England Men's Championships
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams sophomore Felix Sun captured the Singles crown today, defeating Matt Bettles of Bates 6-2, 6-3. Today's victory comes on the heels of 6-4, 6-2 victory over Stephen Sullivan (Bowdoin) in the semifinals. Bettles also had an impressive semifinal round, defeating No.1 Andy Peters (Middlebury) 7-5, 7-6 (2) to advance to the championship match.
|Matt Bettles of Bates, left and Felix Sun of Williams, right.|
Williams head coach Dan Greenberg, who won the title in 2007, described Sun's victory as a "great accomplishment for him and for Williams." Greenberg continued, saying "I was impressed with the level of play across the field, so for him to come out on top as a sophomore is awesome. He was focused and did everything he needed to do to defeat some very tough opponents."
The Doubles championship was an all-Amherst affair. Wes
Waterman/Moritz Koenig defeated teammates Mark Kahan/Luis
Rattenhuber 9-8 to clinch the title. Greenberg described the match
as a tough one that really "came down to the wire."
Kahan/Rattenhuber beat Bratner Jones/Andy Powers (Middlebury) last night to advance to the championship.
Waterman/Koenig beat Bryan Chow/ Matt Micheli (Williams) 8-4 in this morning's semifinal match. Greenberg said that he was "very proud of how we played. We had a few loose moments, but we also saw some great moments that showed Micheli/Chow could become a tough team."
Greenberg concluded, "Overall it was a fantastic tournament. We were lucky with the weather and fortunate to have the best players from seventeen New England schools compete on campus. It was a privilege to host."
Day 2 Complete of USTA/ITA New England Championships
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-- No. 1 seed Andy Peters (Middlebury) defeated Wes Waterman (Amherst) to advance to tomorrow's Singles Semifinals. Peters will play No. 6 Matt Bettles of Bates. Bettles beat Amherst's Mark Kahan 7-5, 6-3. Felix Sun (Williams) will square off vs. Stephen Sullivan (Bowdoin) in the other semifinal match. After the 9:00 a.m. semifinals have concluded a time will be set for the championship match.
Williams Head Coach Dan Greenberg said "New England graduated a lot of top players last year, but it's the clear the young newcomers can all play. In singles alone, the quarterfinls had two seniors, five sophomores and one freshman, and three of the four matches went to three sets."
In Doubles play, the No.3 team of Mark Kahan and Luis Rattenhuber (Amherst) defeated Bratner Jones and Andy Powers (Amherst) 8-4 to advance to the championships. No. 1 seed Nick White and Simon Miller (Brandeis) lost to No. 8 Wes Waterman and Moritz Koenig (Amherst). Mark Kahan/Luis Rattenhuber (Amherst) await the winner of Bryan Chow/Matt Micheli (Williams) vs. Wes Waterman/Mortiz Koenig (Amherst), with this semifinal also at 9:00 a.m.
Coach Greenberg said that he was excited by the tournament play, saying "Given that it's one the first tournaments of the year, it'll be fun to watch these players compete throughout the year."
Tomorrow's play begins at 9:00 a.m.
Complete Results can be found below:
Day 1 Complete:
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Williams College hosts the USTA/ITA New England Men's Regional Championships this weekend. Following Day 1 of the tournament, nine of the sixteen seeded players advanced to the Round of 16.
Number one singles seed Andy Peters (Middlebury) defeated Andrew Lutz (Tufts) and will take on No. 14 Wes Waterman (Amherst). No. 15 Zach Weiss (Williams lost to Chris Schlaebach (Middlebury), and Matt Micheli (Williams) defeated seventh-seeded Moritz Koenig (Amherst).
Today's Doubles play saw six of the eight seeded doubles teams advance to the Round of 16. Trey Meyer and Felix Sun, of Williams, the number two team, lost 8-5 to Greg Mitchell and Nick Martin of USCGA. The No. 1 doubles pair, Nick White and Simon Miller (Brandeis) handily defeated their first round opponent before edging Will Petrie and Dylan Page (Williams) 8-5.
Tomorrow's play begins at 9:00 a.m.
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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- Sixteen New England Division III men's tennis schools are sending competitors in singles (64) and doubles (32 pairings) to Williams College this weekend for the USTA/ITA New England Championships.
Play will begin on Friday at 9:00 a.m. on The Torrence M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts. Lansing Chapman Rink will be used if inclement weather intrudes. Play on Saturday and Sunday will also commence at 9:00 a.m.
The ITA Regional Championships, currently sponsored by the USTA,
date back to 1981 and for nearly two decades the championships were
also known as the Rolex Regional Championships. The ITA Regional
Championships feature the top men's and women's players from each
of the ITA's regions. All in all, 8,000 varsity tennis players from
600 schools will participate in the USTA/ITA Regional
The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and
Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the
USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA
National Small College Championships, held October 14-17 at the
Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/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 singles and doubles champions at each divisional level will then compete to become the overall "Super Bowl" champions. The "Super Bowl" champions earn wild cards into the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships with the opportunity to win the culminating event held at the USTA-Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.