WILLIAMSTOWN, MA — The Williams College men's tennis team returned from California to their home courts on Saturday to open up their NESCAC play for the spring season against the Jumbos of Tufts University, cruising to a comfortable 7-2 win. The win over the Jumbos pushes the Ephs' record for the season to 8-2 (NESCAC 2-0), and lifts the Ephs' win-streak over the Jumbos to 22 in-a-row, while the Jumbos fall to 5-5 (NESCAC 1-3).
The Ephs got off to the perfect start in the doubles portion at the one position, as the Eph pairing of senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky cruised to an 8-1 victory over the veteran Jumbo combination of senior Matt Pataro and junior Brian Tan. Following the standard set by one-doubles, freshman Conrad Harron and sophomore Brian Astrachan took an early break at the number two position and then stretched their lead to an 8-4 win over freshman Brad Wong and sophomore Austin Blau. Already with the 2-0 advantage, the Ephs widened their lead going into singles by finishing off the clean sweep of doubles. At the three position, the Eph combination of sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri outlasted the Jumbo pair of senior Austin Blau and sophomore Nick Cary, holding onto a break obtained at 4-all for an 8-6 win.
In the singles portion of the match, the Ephs picked up right where they had left off in doubles, as Micheli dismissed Jacobson with ease at one-singles, 6-0, 6-1. Harron followed suit at the number three position, recording a comfortable 6-4, 6-3 victory and clinching the match for the Ephs.
Fighting for pride at this point, the Jumbos did not give up and showed mental toughness to continue to fight in the remaining matches. Wong pushed Eph sophomore Howard Weiss to a tiebreaker in the first set at two-singles, but Weiss had too much firepower for Wong, grabbing the first-set tiebreaker 7-2, before taking the second set 6-3. Refusing to be demoralized, however, Blau managed to edge Schidlovsky 6-2 in a third set at four-singles, getting the Jumbos on the board. Raventos at the five position was next off the court, enjoying a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 victory over Pataro, but Cary was able to take the final match of the day 7-5, 6-4 over Astrachan at the number six position, giving the Jumbos two points to the seven of the Ephs.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg noted the overall improvements of his team over the early part of the season: "This was a very good match to start our NESCAC season. Doubles is coming along, and our guys started strong in singles too. I definitely feel that we are making good progress."
The Ephs continue their NESCAC play this Friday, April 11th, against rivals Middlebury, who are currently ranked #10 nationally. The match is set to begin at 4 PM EDT.
Williams 7, Tufts 2
- Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) def. Jacobson, Rob (TUFTS) 6-0, 6-1
- Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Wong, Brad (TUFTS) 7-6(2), 6-3
- Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Tan, Brian (TUFTS) 6-4, 6-3
- Blau, Austin (TUFTS) def. Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) 6-4, 2-6, 6-2
- Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Pataro, Matt (TUFTS) 6-4, 6-2
- Cary, Nick (TUFTS) def. Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) 7-5, 6-4
- Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Pataro, Matt/Tan, Brian (TUFTS) 8-1
- Harron, Conrad/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Jacobson, Rob/Wong, Brad (TUFTS) 8-4
- Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Blau, Austin/Cary, Nick (TUFTS) 8-6
Williams 8-2 (NESCAC 2-0), nationally ranked #3
Tufts 5-5 (NESCAC 1-3)