AMHERST-- The Williams men's tennis team got off to a strong start on Sunday, but were unable to win down the stretch and it cost them, squandering an early lead to eventually lose 5-4.
Williams got off to a hot start as Trey Meyer and Alex Schidlovsky played well at number one doubles and were able to cruise past their opponents, 8-4. Two more crucial doubles points were earned by the numbers two and three teams. Matt Micheli and Felix Sun, and Bryan Chow and Brian Astrachan each took down their opponents in tiebreaks, giving Williams a seemingly convincing advantage.
Amherst refused to quit, though, and turned in an impressive singles session across the board. Felix Sun won his first set but would go one to lose the next two 6-4, 6-1. Bryan Chow lost his first set 6-1 and was nearly able to force a third, but lost the second set in a tiebreak. Zach Weiss earned the Eph's only singles win, a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 marathon at number four.
"We stepped up great today in doubles, but they were the ones who stepped it up in singles, and they deserve credit for fighting back—something we need to do better in is singles," commented head coach Dan Greenberg.
Williams has a busy upcoming week of NESCAC tennis, as Bates will come to town on Thursday and the Ephs will travel to Middlebury on Saturday for another crucial conference matchup. Williams will then return home to play Colby on Sunday.
1. Alexander Schidlovsky/Richard Meyer (W) def. Mark Kahan/Michael Solimano (A) 8-4
2. Matt Micheli/Felix Sun (W) def. Ben Fife/Andrew Yaraghi (A) 9-8
3. Bryan Chow/Brian Astrachan (W) def. Joey Fritz/Chris Dale (A) 9-8
1. Fritz (A) def. Meyer (W) 6-3, 7-6
2. Kahan (A) def. Sun (W) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
3. Yaraghi (A) def. Micheli (W) 6-2, 6-4
4. Zach Weiss (W) def. Fife (A) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
5. Dale (A) def. Chow (W) 6-1, 7-6
6. Justin Reindel (A) def. Howard Weiss (W) 6-3, 6-3