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Skidmore Defeats MIT 5-3 to Advance to Third Round of NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament

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WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Skidmore junior Gabe Steerman finished what he started today at Williams College when he helped Skidmore record its first and last points of the match in a 5-3 win over MIT.  The win advances Skidmore to the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament. 

With the win Skidmore improves to 13-8 on the year and they will face host Williams College (19-3) at 9:30 AM tomorrow at Williams for the right to advance to the National Quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, MI.

For the second day in a row Skidmore's number three doubles team of Miles Ransom and Gabe Steerman gave the Thoroughbreds a 1-0 lead. Today Ransom/Steerman downed the MIT pairing of Larry Pang and Matthew Skalak, 8-2.

Sticking with their winning formula from Thursday when they opened up a 2-1 lead after doubles in defeating UMass Boston. Skidmore increased its lead to 2-0 when the Thoroughbreds' number one team of Jimmy Sherpa and Jonah Epstein prevailed 8-6.

MIT avoided being swept in doubles play when their number two tandem of Kevin Wang and Eugene Oh put together an 8-4 win.

MIT evened the match at two all when Matthew Skalak registered a straight set win, 6-3, 6-3 over Jonah Epstein at number 5 singles.

The Thoroughbreds' immediately re-gained the lead at 3-2 when Danny Knight at three singles captured a straight set win, 6-4, 6-2 from MIT's Kevin Wang.

The Skidmore lead grew to 4-2 when Miles Ransom walked off the number two singles court with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Larry Pang.

MIT's Tymor Hamamasy got win number three for the Engineers when he fashioned a straight set victory at number six, 6-4, 6-4 over Kit Green-Sanderson.

With matches at one singles and four singles still on the court Skidmore was looking for one last win, while MIT needed to capture both.

Skidmore's Jimmy Sherpa won the first set at number one 6-3 over Larry Zhang, but Zhang took a 4-3 lead in the second set en route to an 8-6 win

At number four singles MIT's Eugene Oh won set one 7-5 over Gabe Steerman, however, Steerman took set two by a score of 6-2. Steerman jumped out to a 3-0 lead in set three only to see OH battle back to tie the match at 4-4. Steerman then won the last two games to give Skidmore the win.

Skidmore is now 4-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, while MIT falls 18-3 on the season and sports an NCAA record of 10-16.

Skidmore Downs UMass Boston 5-2 in NCAA Division III Men's Tennis First Round Match

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Skidmore College (12-8) rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play to defeat UMass Boston 5-2 in a First Round match of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament being played on the campus of Williams College.

With the win Skidmore improves to 3-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament play and advances to a Second Round match versus MIT to be played at Williams College at 9:30 AM. UMass Boston, the Little East Conference champions, making its first NCAA Tournament appearance, saw its record fall to 14-4 on the year as Skidmore stopped the Beacons' win streak at 12.

Play in the match started outside, but was moved inside when rain intruded while the teams were warming up for the singles matches.

The Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College opened the match by claiming the first point, recording an 8-0 win at three doubles that was authored by Gabe Steerman and Miles Ransom.

The UMass Boston Beacons responded, however, by capturing wins at one and two doubles to fashion a 2-1 lead heading into singles play.

UMass Boston tied the match at one all when Sean Cullen and David Hernandez registered an 8-6 win at one doubles.

The win that gave the Beacons the 2-1 lead after doubles play came via a tiebreaker at number two, where the UMass Boston duo of Charles Lai and Alex Loyer opened up a 5-2 lead and bumped that to a 7-3 lead, before Skidmore's Kit Green-Sanderson and Nick Tong stormed back to tie the match at seven all. The Beacons broke the Thoroughbreds' next serve, but the Skidmore duo returned the favor to force the tiebreak evening the score at eight.

Serving first Skidmore collected the first point, but the Beacons took the next two. Another point from Skidmore tied it at two, before Lai and Loyer ripped off four straight points to take a 6-2 lead. An ace by Skidmore's Kit Green-Sanderson narrowed the score to 6-3, before Loyer ended the match with a drop shot from his right to the left side of the court.

Trailing 2-1 after doubles the Thoroughbreds got down to business in singles play, winning four matches in straight sets to move into the Second Round. Skidmore's number two singles player Miles Ransom won 6-1, 6-0 to tie the match at two all.

Jeremy Sherpa's 6-0, 6-2 win at one singles gave the Thoroughbreds the lead for good. Next off the court with a win for Skidmore was number four Gabe Steerman who won 6-3, 6-0. Danny Knight then closed out the match with a 6-2, 7-6 (7-2) win at number three.

 

Williams College Tennis
UMass-Boston vs Skidmore College
 

May 09, 2013 at
Williams College, Williamstown, MA

FINAL


 

Skidmore College

 

UMass-Boston

 

 

5

 

2

 
 

 

#1 SINGLES

   1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Sean Cullen, UMass-Boston

   0

  2


Order of finish: 5

Jimmy Sherpa, Skidmore College

   6

  6



#2 SINGLES

   1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

David Hernandez, UMass-Boston

   1

  0


Order of finish: 4

Miles Ransom, Skidmore College

   6

  6



#3 SINGLES

   1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Alex Loyer, UMass-Boston

   2

  6


Order of finish: 7

Danny Knight, Skidmore College

   6

  7



#4 SINGLES

 1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Charles Lai, UMass-Boston

 3  

  0


Order of finish: 6

Gabe Steerman, Skidmore College

 6

  6



#5 SINGLES

   1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Seth Shavers, UMass-Boston

   0

  0



Jonah Epstein, Skidmore College

   6

  2



#6 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Eglis Bizhoti, UMass-Boston

  0

1



Kit Green-Sanderson, Skidmore College

  6

1



 

#1 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Sean Cullen/David Hernandez, UMass-Boston

  8



Order of finish: 2

Jimmy Sherpa/Danny Knight, Skidmore College

  6




#2 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Charles Lai/Alex Loyer, UMass-Boston

  9



Order of finish: 3

Kit Green-Sanderson/Nick Tong, Skidmore College

  8




#3 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Eglis Bizhoti/Seth Shavers, UMass-Boston

  0



Order of finish: 1

Gabe Steerman/Miles Ransom, Skidmore College

  8




Nichols Tops Colby-Sawyer 5-0 in NCAA Men's Tennis Tournament First Round Action 

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA  -- The Bison of Nichols College (19-5) defeated the Colby-Sawyer Chargers (14-8) 5-0 today in the first round of the NCAA Division III Tennis Tournament in a match played at Williams College.

With the win the Bison advance to a Second Round match versus host Williams College at 9:30 AM tomorrow. Nichols is now 2-1 all-time in NCAA play, having appeared in the two consecutive tournaments. The Bison extended their win streak to nine, the longest of the season. The 19 wins by Nichols is a program best for most wins in a season.

Colby-Sawyer, making their first ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament, saw their current win streak stopped at three.

Nichols, the Commonwealth Conference Champions, made an early statement by wining the three doubles matches by wide margins. At the top of the ladder at number one doubles the Bison won 8-0 behind the play of Brandon Rhode and Eduardo Irizarry. Nichols then claimed the second and third doubles matches by the identical score of 8-1.

Nichols' number three doubles tandem of Carlos De la Cruz and Josh Halpern notched their win moments before the #2 pairing of David Drucker and Justin DeLuca provided the Bison with a sweep of the doubles and a 3-0 lead.

Eduardo Irizarry claimed the fourth point for the Bison when he defeated Clay Allen 6-0, 6-0. David Drucker then made the final score at 5-0 when he won 6-1, 6-0 over Sergio Spassof.

Williams College Tennis
Nichols vs. Colby-Sawyer

May 09, 2013 at
Williams College – Williamstown, MA


 
Nichols 5  Colby-Sawyer 0
   
 

 

0

 

5

 
 

 

#1 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Justin DeLuca, Nichols

  6

  1



Nathan Taschereau, Colby-Sawyer

  1

  0



#2 SINGLES

            1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Brandon Roode, Nichols

            6

  4



Justin Pinard, Colby-Sawyer

            1

  1



#3 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Eduardo Irizarry, Nichols

  6

  6


Order of Finish: 4

Clay Allen, Colby-Sawyer

  0

  0



#4 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

David Drucker, Nichols

  6

  6


Order of Finish: 5

Sergio Spassof, Colby-Sawyer

  1

  0



#5 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Carlos De La Cruz, Nichols

  6

1



Reeve Fidler, Colby-Sawyer

  2

0



#6 SINGLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Josh Halpern, Nichols

  6

2



Paul Holland, Colby-Sawyer

  3

1



#1 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Brandon Roode/Eduardo Irizarry, Nichols

  8



Order of finish: 1

Nathan Taschereau/Reeve Fidler, Colby-Sawyer

  0




#2 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

David Drucker/Justin DeLuca, Nichols

  8



Order of finish: 3

Justin Pinard/Sergio Spassof, Colby-Sawyer

  1




#3 DOUBLES

  1  

  2  

  3  

Notes

Carlos De La Cruz/Josh Halpern, Nichols

  8



Order of finish: 2

Clay Allen/Paul Holland, Colby-Sawyer

  1




WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee has selected the 44 teams that will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championships.

The teams will play a single-elimination tournament with the first, second and third rounds played at regional sites, May 9-11. Kalamazoo College will host the team championships finals, which will be held May 20-22 at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Student-athletes selected to the individual championships will be announced Wednesday, May 8.

The championships provide for a 44-team tournament. Automatic qualification (AQ) is granted to 30 conference champions, which form "Pool A." Seven teams are selected from true independents and schools from conferences that do not have an automatic bid for their champions (Pool B). The remaining seven teams are selected from those teams in conferences with automatic bids that did not win their conference's AQ and the remaining Pool B institutions (Pool C). The teams are geographically paired, whenever possible.

Emory University is the defending champion.

Seeded second in the NESCAC Tournament Dan Greenberg's Williams men's tennis team knocked of #1 Amherst in the finals 5-4 to claim their 19th NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years, securing the NESCAC AQ.

Overall the Ephs are 50-18 (.735) in the NCAA Tournament and won the title in 1999, 2001 & 2002 under Dave Johnson. A year ago Greenberg's Ephs edged Washington U. (MO) 5-4 to capture third place.

Play at Williams will begin on Thursday with Colby-Sawyer College (14-5) taking on Nichols College (17-5) with the winner of this match moving on to play host Williams on Friday.

The other Thursday first round match will pit Skidmore (11-8) versus UMass Boston (14-3) and the winner of that match will advance to play MIT (18-2) on Friday.

Friday's winners will meet on Saturday to determine the regional representative advancing to the national quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, MI.

Play outdoors will be held at the Torrence M. Hunt Tournament Courts and play indoors will be held in Lansing Chapman Rink.

Tournament Schedule

Outdoor start times are listed first

(Indoor start times in parentheses)

May 9

9:30am (8am) -- Nichols v. Colby-Sawyer -- Courts 13-18

9:30am (not before 11am) -- Skidmore v. UMass Boston – Courts 1-6

May 10         

9:30am (8am) -- Williams v. Nichols/Colby-Sawyer winner – Courts 1-6

9:30am (not before 11am) -- MIT v. Skidmore/UMass Boston winner – Courts 13-18

May 11 
      
9:30am -- (9am) -- Men's Regional Final – Courts 1-6

"It's a huge honor to host NCAA Regionals," said Greenberg. "It also means we've put ourselves in the best position possible to have a successful post-season. After our NESCAC wins against Middlebury and Amherst, we feel like we're competing well and know we can keep getting better. We're as excited as ever for this tournament."

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