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October 8, 2012

Ephs Display a Promising Performance at Dartmouth Shootout

HANOVER, NH -- Williams College men's tennis team was at Dartmouth College over the weekend for the Dartmouth Shootout, displaying a promising performance. There were five flights of single tournaments and three flights of doubles tournaments in the Shootout.

In the first flight of singles, Alex Schidlovsky and Zach Weiss competed from Williams. Schidlovsky fell to Knudson from Stony Brook University 7-6 (4), 6-1 in the first round. Zach Weiss was able to proceed to the second round, where he was downed by Dartmouth's Nordahl, 7-5, 6-2. The winner of this flight was Nordahl with a three-set win over another Dartmouth player Centenari.

Howie Weiss was the only Eph in the second flight. Even though he was defeated by Johnston of Middlebury 6-2, 6-3, he was able to win the consolation tournament after defeating McCasin (Army) 2-6, 6-2, 10-5. The final match of this flight between two Dartmouth players was not played.

In the third flight Williams' Adam Reich made it to the second round, beating Forai from Stony Brook 7-6 (5), 6-2. In this round he fell to Todd of Dartmouth in two sets: 6-0, 6-1. The final match of the third flight between two Dartmouth players was also not played.

It took three sets for Brian Astrachan to advance to the second round in the fourth flight, beating Hatala (Army): 6-4, 3-6, 6-2. In this flight, Dartmouth's Chan was the winner, beating his opponent from Middlebury.

The fifth flight saw Jose Raventos proceed to the tournament final. He was downed by Smolyar from Middlebury College in a tightly contested match: 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Williams duo Brian Astrachan/Alex Schidlovsky competed in the first flight of the doubles contest. They fell to Dartmouth's Nordahl/Kipouras 8-4 but went on to win the consolation tournament, beating Stony Brook's tandem Timmerman/Locatelli 8-5. Middlebury's Johnston/Lunghino reached the title in this flight.

In the second flight, two Williams teams competed: Blake Mackall/Jose Raventos and Zach Weiss/Howie Weiss. Weiss brothers beat Proctor/Hatala (Army) 8-5, but was defeated by Knudtzon/Fontova of Stony Brook in the second round. Mackall/Raventos also advanced by Stony Brook's Forai/Degani 8-4 to the second round, but then fell to the Dartmouth duo Tannenbaum/Chan 8-2. Tannenbaum and Chan went on to win the tournament in this flight.

Adam Reich/Charles Hammond was the Williams team competing in the third flight. Their win came against Jang Milsten/Pan (Army/Stony Brook) 8-2. They lost against Middlebury's Mountfield/Smolyar 8-1.

Coach Greenberg was overall pleased with his players' performances. "We played a lot of good matches," he said, "it was a great learning experience for the first-years."

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