AMHERST, MA -- The Williams men's tennis team entered Sunday's NESCAC championship match against Amherst with bad memories from their match with the Lord Jeff's earlier this spring, when the Ephs squandered a 3-0 lead after doubles play to lose 5-4. That match is all but forgotten thanks to Sunday's performance.
Williams got off to a 2-1 lead after doubles play thanks to their one and two teams. Trey Meyer and Alex Schidlovsky cruised to an 8-2 win at number one, and Matt Micheli and Felix Sun fought for an 8-6 win at number two. Both wins would prove crucial.
Trey Meyer earned Williams' first singles in a hard fought 6-4, 6-3 match at number one. Three Ephs lost in straight sets, however, giving Amherst a 4-3 lead with two matches remaining.
Both Matt Micheli and Bryan Chow dropped their first sets, with the team needing both matches to win. Micheli turned his match around nicely in the second set with a 6-3 win. Chow, however, found himself in a tight tiebreak. The score was knotted at 4-4, 5-5, and then 6-6 before Chow was able to pull away and win 8-6, forcing a third set.
Micheli and Chow each left nothing to chance in their third sets, winning both 6-1, giving the Ephs the NESCAC title.
The win marks the first time since 2003 that Williams has won the NESCAC crown and boosts the Ephs total of NESCAC titles to a conference-leading 15.
Quotes from Coach Greenberg to follow.
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (unofficial)
1. Meyer/Schidlovsky (W) def Dale/Yaraghi (A) 8-2
2. Micheli/Sun (W) def Kahan/Solimano (A) 8-6
3. Fritz/Reindel (A) def Chow/Astrachan (W) 8-3
1. Meyer (W) def Fritz (A) 6-4, 6-3
2. Micheli (W) def Kahan (A) 5-7, 6-3, 6-1
3. Yaraghi (A) def Sun (W) 6-3, 6-3
4. Fife (A) def Weiss (W) 6-4, 7-5
5. Chow (W) def Dale (A) 5-7, 7-6 (6), 6-1
6. Reindel (A) def Page (W) 6-4, 6-3