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Men's Tennis to Host NCAA Division III Regionals This Weekend

Ephs outserve Engineers to claim 5-0 win in regional final

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA - On the heels of a 5-0 defeat of Drew on Saturday, Williams men's tennis defeated MIT this afternoon 5-0 in the third round of the NCAA tournament to advance to the National Quarterfinals for the second consecutive year.

Williams improved to 17-2 on the season with the victory, while MIT finished its season with a 16-5 overall record. The Ephs are now 48-17 all time in NCAA tournament play, while the Engineers are now 10-15. 

It was the second time the Ephs and Engineers had faced off this season, as Williams had claimed an 8-1 victory in the fall; the Engineers battled to the end, but this afternoon's contest followed a similar storyline.

Williams was the first team on the board in doubles, as the No. 3 Eph team of Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie claimed a swift 8-4 win over counterparts Eugene Oh and Tymor Hamamasy, finishing just before Felix Sun and Matt Micheli claimed an impressive 8-2 victory of their own at No. 2 over Larry Pang and Curtis Wu. First doubles, meanwhile, proved to be quite a battle: Ephs Trey Meyer and Bryan Chow traded strokes with Edwin Zhang and Matthew Skalak and only managed to break the Engineers once. However, Zhang and Skalak could not break back, and Meyer and Chow were able to give the Ephs a 3-0 lead headed at the close of doubles play with an 8-6 win.

The Ephs continued to charge ahead in singles. At No. 5, Chow built off the momentum of his doubles win to defeat Hamamasy 6-3, 6-4, giving the Ephs a 4-0 lead, before Zach Weiss topped Brian Oldfield 6-2, 6-3 on court four to give Williams the sweep. 

Third-year coach Dan Greenberg '08 improves to 6-3 in the NCAA tournament in his coaching career with the Ephs' win. Greenberg led Williams to the National Semifinal and a fourth place finish overall. 

The Ephs now travel to Cary, North Carolina next weekend for the Elite Eight. They will take on either Bowdoin or Trinity. Visit the NCAA INTERACTIVE BRACKET for full information about the tournament.

Williams College 5, MIT 0

Singles competition
1. Trey Meyer (WILM) vs. Edwin Zhang (MIT) 2-6, 4-0, unfinished
2. Felix Sun (WILM) vs. Larry Pang (MIT) 6-4, 6-6 (0-1), unfinished
3. Matt Micheli (WILM) vs. Eugene Oh (MIT) 6-0, 5-3, unfinished
4. Zach Weiss (WILM) def. Brian Oldfield (MIT) 6-2, 6-3
5. Bryan Chow (WILM) def. Tymor Hamamasy (MIT) 6-3, 6-4
6. Will Petrie (WILM) vs. Matthew Skalak (MIT) 7-6 (7-3), 3-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Trey Meyer/Bryan Chow (WILM) def. Edwin Zhang/Matthew Skalak (MIT) 8-6
2. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (WILM) def. Larry Pang/Curtis Wu (MIT) 8-2
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie (WILM) def. Eugene Oh/Tymor Hamamasy (MIT) 8-4

Match Notes:
MIT 16-5
Williams College 17-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4)


WILLIAMS ADVANCES PAST DREW

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-- The Williams men's tennis team advanced past Drew University and into the third round of the DIII NCAA Championship. 

Williams got off to a fast start in doubles play, sweeping all three matches. Bryan Chow and Trey Meyer defeated brothers Raul and Elliot Smego at the number one position, 8-1. Felix Sun and Matt Micheli beat Matt Brisotti and Matt Imbo 8-3 at number two, and Kevin Shallcross and Will Petrie took down Djedjy Hill and Adam Gerber 8-0 at number three. 
Needing only two points out of singles play, Williams' Bryan Chow and Will Petrie each won in straight sets. Chow took down Djedjy Hill 6-1, 6-1, and Petrie defeated Matt Imbo 6-1, 6-0. The Ephs had won the first set of the other four matches that remained unfinished. 

Williams will take on MIT on Sunday for with a trip to the Elite Eight on the line played in Cary, NC May 21-23.

Williams 5, Drew 0

Williams College 5, Drew University 0
Singles competition
1. Trey Meyer (WILM) vs. Raul Smego (DREWMT12) 6-1, 1-1, unfinished
2. Felix Sun (WILM) vs. Matt Brisotti (DREWMT12) 6-1, 1-2, unfinished
3. Matt Micheli (WILM) vs. Adam Gerber (DREWMT12) 6-1, unfinished
4. Zach Weiss (WILM) vs. Elliott Smego (DREWMT12) 6-0, 4-0, unfinished
5. Bryan Chow (WILM) def. Djedjy Hill (DREWMT12) 6-1, 6-1
6. Will Petrie (WILM) def. Matt Imbo (DREWMT12) 6-1, 6-0
Doubles competition
1. Bryan Chow/Trey Meyer (WILM) def. Raul Smego/Elliott Smego (DREWMT12) 8-1
2. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (WILM) def. Matt Brisotti/Matt Imbo (DREWMT12) 8-3
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie (WILM) def. Djedjy Hill/Adam Gerber (DREWMT12) 8-0
Match Notes:
Drew University 12-6
Williams College 16-2
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,5)

MIT Advances to Regional Final With a 5-1 Win Over Stevens

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The first regional semifinal of the day matched up MIT and Stevens Institute of Technology.

MIT claimed doubles wins at one and three, but the match of doubles competition was at number two, where MIT trailed 6-2, but battled back to tie the match at six.

Serving at 6-6 the MIT duo of Larry Pang/Curtis Wu was broken by the Ducks' Andrew Riggs/Nicholas Rosasco and the momentum shifted back to Stevens at 7-6. 

The Ducks' quickly capitalized with Andrews Riggs serving and the Stevens duo posted an 8-6 win to make the score 2-1 in favor of MIT after doubles play.

MIT captured first doubles with Edwin Zhang/Matthew Skalak prevailing 8-4 and then the Engineers won at third doubles by a margin of 8-2 that was crafted by Eugene Oh/Tymor Hamamasy. 

MIT upped its lead to 3-1 when Matthew Skalak defeated Stevens' Daniel Swarc in straight sets at six singles, 6-0, 6-0.

Tymor Hamamasy gave MIT a 4-1 lead when he won in straight sets over Derek Smith, 6-2, 6-0, at five singles.

Eugene Oh then punched the Engineers' ticket to the regional finals when he recorded a straight-set win at three singles, 6-2, 6-3, over Shota Tasaki and sealed the 5-1 win.

The win boosts the MIT season record to 16-4 and gives them a 10-14 record in NCAA Tournament play. Stevens falls to 12-8 on the season and 3-5 all-time in NCAA play.

MIT advances to play the winner of the Williams vs. Drew match that follows.

Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at noon to determine the region's representative in the NCAA Quarterfinals to be played in Cary, NC, May 21-23.


  MIT   Stevens Ducks  
    5               1    
 



#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Chris Rosensteel, Stevens Ducks 3 6 2
Edwin Zhang, MIT 6 1 5
 
#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Andrew Riggs, Stevens Ducks 6 4 4
Larry Pang, MIT 0 6 0
 
#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Shota Tasaki, Stevens Ducks 2 3
Order of finish: 3
Eugene Oh, MIT 6 6

 
#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Nicholas Rosasco, Stevens Ducks 6 6 0
Brian Oldfield, MIT 3 7 2
 
#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Derek Smith, Stevens Ducks 2 0
Order of finish: 2
Tymor Hamamasy, MIT 6 6

 
#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Daniel Szwarc, Stevens Ducks 0 0
Order of finish: 1
Matthew Skalak, MIT 6 6

 


 



#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Chris Rosensteel/Shota Tasaki, Stevens Ducks 4  
 
Order of finish: 2
Edwin Zhang/Matthew Skalak, MIT 8  
 

 
#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Andrew Riggs/Nicholas Rosasco, Stevens Ducks 8  
 
Order of finish: 3
Larry Pang/Curtis Wu, MIT 6  
 

 
#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Derek Smith/Daniel Szwarc, Stevens Ducks 2

Order of finish: 1
Eugene Oh/Tymor Hamamasy, MIT 8


 

Drew Defeats Farmingdale State 5-1

WILIAMSTOWN, MA – The Drew University Rangers (12-5) entered today's first round NCAA Tournament match having won 11 of their last 12 matches and they continued their hot streak by collecting a 5-1 win over Farmingdale State (12-6) to advance to tomorrow's second round of the NCAA regional being played on the campus of Williams College.

Drew captured all three doubles matches, taking a commanding 3-0 lead into singles play. 

First off the doubles court was the #2 pairing of Matt Brisotti/Matt Imbo after they nabbed an 8-3 win. At three doubles the Rangers' duo of Djedjy Hill/Adam Gerber claimed an 8-2 win, while the top Drew duo of Raul Smego/Elliott Smegowon won 8-5.

Farmingdale's Joseph Falcetta won at five singles to put the Rams on the score board when he downed Djedjy Hill in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.  Matt Brisotti's straight set win at two singles, 6-3, 6-1, gave the Rangers their fourth point of the match and put them a win shy of taking the match.

Matt Imbo delivered the match clinching point for the Rangers when he won who won at six singles, downing Jack Eichler 6-2, 6-2.

With the win the Rangers improved their NCAA Tournament record to 2-3, while the Rams of Farmingdale State are now 1-2 in NCAA tourney play.

Drew will now take on host Williams (15-2) in the second round on Saturday at 11:00 AM. The Drew-Williams winner will advance to Sunday's regional final that is scheduled for a noon start.


  Farmingdale State   Drew University  
               1               5    
 
#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Raul Smego, Drew University 3 3

Vijungco, Justin, Farmingdale State 6 2

 
#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Matt Brisotti, Drew University 6 6
Order of finish: 2
Bormann, Christian, Farmingdale State 3 1

 
#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Adam Gerber, Drew University 7 5

Bessarabov, Alex, Farmingdale State 5 1

 
#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Elliott Smego, Drew University 6 4 1
Musalo, Ryan, Farmingdale State 0 6 0
 
#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Djedjy Hill, Drew University 2 4
Order of finish: 1
Falcetta, Joseph, Farmingdale State 6 6

 
#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Matt Imbo, Drew University 6 6
Order of finish: 3
Eichler, Jack, Farmingdale State 2 2

 


 



#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Raul Smego/Elliott Smego, Drew University 8  
 
Order of finish: 3
Vijungco, Justin/Bormann, Christian, Farmingdale State 5  
 

 
#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Matt Brisotti/Matt Imbo, Drew University 8

Order of finish: 1
Bessarabov, Alex/Musalo, Ryan, Farmingdale State 3


 
#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Djedjy Hill/Adam Gerber, Drew University 8

Order of finish: 2
Falcetta, Joseph/Lopez, Jimmy, Farmingdale State 2

 



Stevens Downs Wilkes 5-1


WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The Stevens Ducks (12-7) opened by sweeping the three doubles matches to take control of the match early and went on to down Wilkes University (14-4) 5-1. The win by Stevens snapped a 5-match win streak by Wilkes.

In doubles the matches ended in order with the Ducks' top duo of Chris Rosensteel/Shota Tasaki winning 8-2, before #2 Andrew Riggs/Nicholas Rosasco prevailed 8-6, and the third tandem of Derek Smith/Daniel Szwarc capped off the sweep with an 8-5 win.

The Ducks' secured their fourth point of the match when Andrew Riggs at #2 singles won in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) over Wilkes' Steven Wilson.

Brandon Helfrich collected the lone Wilkes' point when he won in straight sets (6-1, 6-4) over Daniel Swarc at number six.

Shota Tasaki then lifted the Ducks into tomorrow's second round by capturing a straight-set victory in downing Zach Telljohann 7-5, 6-3 at three singles.

With the win Stevens Tech advances to play MIT (15-4) tomorrow at 8:30 AM with a berth in Sunday's regional final on the line. Stevens is now 3-4 all-time in NCAA Tournament play, while Wilkes falls to 1-5.

  Wilkes University   Stevens Ducks  
             1               5    
 



#1 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Chris Rosensteel, Stevens Ducks 6 4

Alex Makos, Wilkes University 3 0

 
#2 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Andrew Riggs, Stevens Ducks 6 6
Order of finish: 1
Steven Wilson, Wilkes University 2 1

 
#3 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Shota Tasaki, Stevens Ducks 7 6
Order of finish: 3
Zack Telljohann, Wilkes University 5 3

 
#4 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Nicholas Rosasco, Stevens Ducks 1 6

Clarke Freeman, Wilkes University 6 4

 
#5 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Derek Smith, Stevens Ducks 3 6 3
Dakkota Deem, Wilkes University 6 2 0
 
#6 SINGLES   1     2     3   Notes
Daniel Szwarc, Stevens Ducks 1 4
Order of finish: 2
Brandon Helfrich, Wilkes University 6 6

 


 



#1 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Chris Rosensteel/Shota Tasaki, Stevens Ducks 8

Order of finish: 1
Steven Wilson/Clarke Freeman, Wilkes University 2


 
#2 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Andrew Riggs/Nicholas Rosasco, Stevens Ducks 8

Order of finish: 2
Alex Makos/Zack Telljohann, Wilkes University 6


 
#3 DOUBLES   1     2     3   Notes
Derek Smith/Daniel Szwarc, Stevens Ducks 8

Order of finish: 3
Brendon Blachowski/Brandon Helfrich, Wilkes University 5

 



May 8, 2012

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Dan Greenberg's Williams College men's tennis team (15-2) has been named a regional host for the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament and will host play this Friday through Sunday at the Torrence M.Hunt Tournament Courts.

Should inclement weather intrude on play the tournament will move indoors to the courts located in the Lansing Chapman Rink.

The winner of this week's regional will advance to the national quarterfinals being played in Cary, NC May 21-23.

Joining the Ephs this weekend will be Wilkes University, Stevens Institute of Technology, Farmingdale State (NY), Drew University and MIT.

Williams and MIT (15-4) have been awarded first round byes by the NCAA Tournament Committee and will not play until Saturday morning.

Friday's first match at 8:30am will pit Wilkes University (14-3) versus Stevens Tech  (11-7). The winner of this match will advance to play MIT on Saturday at 8:30am.

Stevens has earned its third-consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament after a perfect Empire 8 regular season and tournament. The Ducks beat Ithaca College in the Empire 8 final to cement their bid. This is the Ducks' fifth NCAA Tournament appearance and they own an all-time tourney mark of 2-4.

Wilkes enters the tournament winners of its last five matches including a 5-0 victory King's College in the Freedom Conference final. The Colonels have earned automatic bids to the last five NCAA tournaments. In their five previous NCAA appearances the Colonels have compiled a tournament ledger of 1-4.

MIT will be making its 15th NCAA tourney trip and the Engineers have posted an overall record of 9-14. The Engineers claimed their NCAA berth by winning their 14th straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference title.

Friday's second match at 11:00am pits the Farmingdale State Rams (12-5) against the Drew University Rangers (11-5). The winner of this match advances to face host Williams on Saturday at 11:30am.

Farmingdale State earned a berth in this year's tournament by winning their second straight Skyline Conference crown, while Drew enters as the champions of the Landmark Conference. The Rangers have won 11 of their last 12 matches.

The Rams have an NCAA Tourney record of 1-1 that they achieved last spring in their inaugural appearance.

The Drew Rangers have played in three previous NCAA tourneys and are 1-3 thus far.

The Ephs of Williams College will be playing in their 18th NCAA Tournament and have fashioned a tourney ledger of 46-17, which features 10 top four finishes, including last year's 4th place finish. The Ephs lost in the NESCAC semifinals last Saturday to Bowdoin 5-3, but were awarded an at-large berth in the tournament.

Williams won the NCAA Division III title in 1999, 2000, & 2002.

Saturday's winners will meet on Sunday at noon for the berth in the national quarterfinals.

 

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

May 11th   

8:30am -- Stevens 5, Wilkes 1                     

11:00am -- Drew 5, Farmingdale State 1

May 12th             

8:30am -- MIT 5, Stevens 1          

11:00am -- Williams 5, Drew 0

May 13th            

12:00pm --Williams 5, MIT 0, Williams advances to NCAA Quarterfinals                      

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