THOUSAND OAKS, CA — The Williams College men's team returned to action today against the California Lutheran University Kingsmen, emerging the winner by the margin of 6-3, building on the momentum of their two previous wins and bringing their season record to 7-1.
In the doubles portion, Williams jumped out to a quick lead, as the Eph pairing of sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri at three-doubles were first off the courts with a resounding 8-1 win over sophomore Ian Slater and junior Jesse Knight. This quick, early loss would not demoralize the Kingsmen, however, because they took leads in the other two doubles matches. At the number two position, the Kingsmen duo of junior Moises Cardenas and freshman Fergus Scott were able to keep the Eph combination of freshman Conrad Harron and sophomore Brian Astrachan at bay to take an 8-5 victory and equalize the dual. At one-doubles, the Kingsmen also led, but the resiliency and mental toughness of the Ephs came through, as senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky recovered from a deficit to clinch the advantage for the Ephs going into the singles portion with an 8-6 victory over junior Alex Treacy and senior Alex Nichols.
The Ephs took their 2-1 lead and went to work in the singles portion. At five-singles, Raventos made relatively easy work of Slater, dispatching him in straight sets 6-3, 6-3 to stretch the Ephs' lead to 3-1. Then, the Kingsmen began to hit their stride, capturing the next two singles matches off the courts. At one-singles, Cardenas cruised to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Micheli, before Nichols defeated sophomore Howard Weiss 6-2, 7-5 at the number two position, once again equalizing the score for the Kingsmen.
With the pressure on, the Ephs utilized the experience they had gained from the close matches they had played already. At four-singles, Schidlovsky had a tight first set with sophomore Sean Handley, pulling it out in a tiebreaker by the margin of 7-3, before racing to a 6-1 victory in the second set to inch the Ephs within one point of clinching the dual. At the number six position, Astrachan won a comfortable first set 6-2, before Scott fought back valiantly to push the second set into a tiebreaker. Astrachan, however, showed some grit to clinch his match and the dual with a 7-4 win in the tiebreaker. To polish off the match in style for the Ephs, Harron outlasted Treacy in three sets 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 to give the Ephs the 6-3 victory on the day.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg was very pleased with how his team has matured over the series of matches in California: "It's good to see that we've learned some things this trip. We're looking forward to the match against Westmont tomorrow and then coming back to the NESCAC."
Williams once again plays matches on consecutive days, as they are in action again tomorrow to finish off their trip to California at Westmont College in Santa Barbara. The match is set to start at 5 PM EDT.
Williams 6, California Lutheran 3
1. Cardenas, Moises (CLU) def. Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) 6-4, 6-1
2. Nichols, Alex (CLU) def. Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) 6-2, 7-5
3. Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Treacy, Connor (CLU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
4. Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Handley, Sean (CLU) 7-6(3), 6-1
5. Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Slater, Ian (CLU) 6-3, 6-3
6. Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Scott, Fergus (CLU) 6-2, 7-6(4)
1. Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Nichols, Alex/Treacy, Connor (CLU) 8-6
2. Cardenas, Moises/Scott, Fergus (CLU) def. Harron, Conrad/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) 8-5
3. Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Slater, Ian/Knight, Jesse (CLU) 8-1
Williams 7-1, nationally ranked #3
California Lutheran 3-7