Trey Meyer & Matt Micheli Capture USTA/ITA New England Region Doubles Crown
Complete Results for 2012 USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Regional
Singles Final to Be Played on Monday; Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer of Williams Capture Doubles Crown at USTA/ITA Regional
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- The USTA/ITA New England Men's Tennis Tournament ended with solid matches on Sunday on the indoor courts on the Williams campus.
The biggest surprise in singles matches was Amherst's unseeded Ben Fife advancing to the final by defeating #1 seed Mark Kahan, also from Amherst, 2-6, 6-2, 6-4. The other semifinal match was between 9-16 seed Andrew Yaraghi (Amherst) and Palmer Campbell of Middlebury. Yaraghi went on to the final in two sets: 6-3, 6-2. The singles final between two Amherst players will be played at Amherst tomorrow, due to an academic obligation.
The level of contest in doubles was equally thrilling. In the first match Bates' #1 seed Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles made their way to the final defeating Williams' 5-8 seed tandem Bryan Chow and Brian Astrachan, 8-4. In the second match of the semifinals, two Williams teams squared off, #4 seed Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer defeated their fellow Ephs Felix Sun and Alex Schidlovsky, 8-4.
The doubles final was a thrill as the match went to the third set, both teams winning one of the first two sets. After the final set the Williams duo was declared winners, bringing the title to Williamstown: 6-4, 4-6, 6-4. "The doubles final was well played by both teams," commented Williams College men's tennis head coach Dan Greenberg on the performance displayed in the final. He continued: "Bates really pushed Trey and Matt to the brink, but I was proud of how our boys stepped it up at the big moments."
This marks the second consecutive year that Trey Meyer has been part of the New England doubles champion tandem. In 2011 Meyer teamed with Bryan Chow to win the regional title and they then went on to the National Small College Championships where they won the NCAA Division III title. The regional title earns Meyer and Micheli a berth in the National Small College Championships and All-America honors as well.
Overall, Greenberg remarked: "it was a great tournament and by far the toughest field we've had in recent memory. D3 tennis gets stronger every year, and our region has a lot of depth. It's exciting to have such a quality tournament at Williams."
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 11-14 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 USTA/ITA National Small College Championship is the only national championship event for singles and doubles at the NCAA Division II and NAIA levels. It is also the only tournament that combines all levels of Junior/Community College (NJCAA Divisions I and III and the California division). 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.