GLENDALE, CA — The Williams College men's tennis team finally found their rhythm on Saturday in their third match in as many days, sweeping the Vacqueros of Glendale College 9-0 thanks to a solid all-around performance by the entire team. The win takes the Ephs to 6-1 on the season.
Reversing the normal order of play, the two teams played the singles portion first, which Williams dominated with relative ease, taking all six matches in straight sets. Senior Matt Micheli had the toughest task at the number one position, but dispatched freshman Hosep Orojian by a break in each set, 6-3, 6-4. At the two position, sophomore Howard Weiss cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 victory over freshman Dro Dermegerdichian, and freshman Conrad Harron's match at three-singles was more of the same as Vacquero freshman Oleg Simonyan kept it close in the first set, going down 6-3, before Harron raced to an easy 6-0 victory in the second. That was more or less the trend for all the singles matches as sophomores Jose Raventos and Brian Astrachan, along with senior Adam Reich, only dropped two games, one game, and three games against their opponents respectively, clinching the match for the Ephs before a doubles point was even played.
In spite of their singles dominance, the Ephs did not lose focus during doubles, taking all three of the doubles points as well. The combination of Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky continued right where the Ephs left off in singles, smoothly sailing to an 8-1 victory at one-doubles over the sophomore pairing of Dat Le and Son Tran. In similar fashion, Harron and Astrachan were dominant at the number two position, breezing past the freshman combo of Clayton Pauff and Cameron Braun 8-3, and to round off the perfect day for the Ephs, Raventos and Weiss slammed the door on any hope of the Vacquero's stealing a point from the Ephs, defeating Simonyan and Dermegerdichian 8-2.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg was very pleased with the improvement to his team's focus: "The guys did a really great job today focusing throughout the match, which was very good to see. Now, we just need to take the next couple days to rest up before our next match."
The Ephs have a well-earned break of several days, before playing their next match Tuesday afternoon against the University of California-Lutheran at 5 PM EDT.
Williams 9, Glendale College 0
1. Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) def. Orojian, Hosep (GLENDALE) 6-4, 6-3
2. Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Dermegerdichian, Dro (GLENDALE) 6-0, 6-0
3. Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Simonyan, Oleg (GLENDALE) 6-3, 6-0
4. Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Le, Dat (GLENDALE) 6-2, 6-0
5. Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Tran, Son (GLENDALE) 6-0, 6-1
6. Reich, Adam (WILLIAMS) def. Braun, Cameron (GLENDALE) 6-2, 6-1
1. Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Le, Dat/Tran, Son (GLENDALE) 8-1
2. Harron, Conrad/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Pauff, Clayton/Braun, Cameron (GLENDALE) 8-3
3. Raventos, Jose/Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Simonyan, Oleg/Dermegerdichian, Dro (GLENDALE) 8-2
Williams 6-1, nationally ranked #3