SANTA BARBARA, CA — On Wednesday, the Williams College men's tennis team finished off their spring break trip to California with their seventh match in ten days, suffering their second loss of the season to the Warriors of Westmont College by the margin of 7-2, drawing the Ephs' record for their spring break trip to 5-2 and 7-2 overall for the season.
All three of the matches in the doubles portion were very close, but the Warriors were able to take the advantage by edging two of three matches. The Warrior pairing of senior Rodrigo Schaefer and Joshua Barnard were able to snatch a break at the end of the match at the one position to nab the point by a margin of 8-6 over the Eph combination of senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky. It war more or less the same at two-doubles, as the senior Warrior duo of Tim Goranson and John Bertram outlasted freshman Conrad Harron and Brian Astrachan 8-6 to take the 2-0 lead in the dual for the Warriors. The Eph pairing of sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri at three-doubles ensured, however, that the Ephs did not go into the singles portion of the match down 3-0, as they held onto their single-break advantage over sophomore Travis Kinsey and senior Nicholas Szyndlar to win their match 8-6.
Down 2-1, going into the singles portion, the Ephs would equalize the score through Shastri's first top-6 appearance in singles at the number six position. Shastri dismantled Warrior freshman Tommy Nightingale 6-0, 6-2, but that would the final point that the Ephs would see in the dual as the Warriors outplayed the Ephs in all of the other five singles matches. Astrachan and senior Adam Reich were the first two to fall in singles to Barnard and Kimsey at four- and five-singles respectively. At the three position, Raventos gave Bertram a run for his money in the first set but fell 7-5 and then 6-2 in the second set, clinching the match for the Warriors.
To finish off what was a very strong day for the Warriors, both Goranson and Schaefer, at the one and two positions respectively, were able to win their matches as well. Goranson ousted Eph sophomore Howard Weiss 6-4, 6-1, before Schaefer took down Schidlovsky 6-2 in the first set and then 7-4 in the second set tiebreaker.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg commented how he was pleased with the California trip on the whole: "The trip was definitely a success. We got in a lot of tough matches which is exactly what a young team needs. Especially now as we head into NESCAC season, where every match will be tough."
The tennis team now returns to the east coast, where they will face off against Tufts on Saturday at home. The match is scheduled to start at 1 PM.
Williams 2, Westmont 7
1. Goranson, Tim (WESTMONT) def. Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) 6-4, 6-1
2. Schaefer, Rodrigo (WESTMONT) def. Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) 6-2, 7-6(4)
3. Bertram, John (WESTMONT) def. Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) 7-5, 6-2
4. Barnard, Joshua (WESTMONT) def. Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) 6-1, 6-2
5. Kimsey, Travis (WESTMONT) def. Reich, Adam (WILLIAMS) 6-3, 6-1
6. Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Nightingale, Tommy (WESTMONT) 6-0, 6-2
1. Schaefer, Rodrigo/Barnard, Joshua (WESTMONT) def. Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) 8-6
2. Goranson, Tim/Bertram, John (WESTMONT) def. Harron, Conrad/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) 8-6
3. Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Kimsey, Travis/Szyndlar, Nicholas (WESTMONT) 8-6
Williams 7-2, nationally ranked #3