Ephs ease past Vassar 9-0 to return to winning ways
POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — The Ephs men's tennis team traveled to New York on Saturday, coming off a tough loss to Middlebury the night before. In spite of the quick turn around, the Ephs were able to return to form, picking up the win against the Brewers of Vassar College with a clean sweep of the match, lifting their season record to 9-3, and dropping Vassar's to 9-8.
The Ephs started out slow in doubles for the second day in-a-row, but they bounced back to end up taking all three matches. At one-doubles, Eph senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky were able to edge out freshman Nick Litsky and junior Christian Lyon to take the match 8-6. After being down early at the number two position, the Eph sophomore pairing of Howard Weiss and Brian Astrachan were able to push their match against sophomore Evan Udine and freshman Alexander Luckmann to an 8-all tiebreaker, which the Ephs were able to put away comfortably 7-3. To cap off the doubles, Eph sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri cruised to a relatively easier 8-4 win over the Brewer sophomore combination of Christian Phelps and Sha Huang.
With their 3-0 lead in hand going into singles, the Ephs picked up right where they had left off from doubles. The Ephs managed smooth wins on all six of the singles courts to polish off what was a fine day for the Ephs. Both Micheli and Weiss took their matches, at one- and two-singles respectively, by the margin of 6-2, 6-1. Raventos managed to not drop a game on his way to victory at the four position, winning 6-0, 6-0, before Astrachan only dropped two games at the five position 6-2, 6-0. Returning similar score lines at three- and six-singles, Schidlovsky won 6-2, 6-3, before Eph senior Adam Reich reversed the scoreline, winning 6-3, 6-2.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg was pleased at the recovery his team made after a relatively slow start in doubles: "We got off to another shaky start in doubles, and to Vassar's credit they started strong, but we were able to eventually step it up at each court for the lead. We started much stronger in singles, which allowed us to have a good day overall, so I'm glad we bounced back so well from yesterday."
The Ephs return to NESCAC action tomorrow, as they play their third match in as many days, this time against Hamilton at home. The match is set to start at 1 PM EDT.
Williams 9, Vassar 0
- Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) def. Litsky, Nick (VASSAR) 6-2, 6-1
- Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Phelps, Christian (VASSAR) 6-2, 6-1
- Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Udine, Evan (VASSAR) 6-2, 6-3
- Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Luckmann, Alexander (VASSAR) 6-0, 6-0
- Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Laso, Juan Felipe (VASSAR) 6-2, 6-0
- Reich, Adam (WILLIAMS) def. Huang, Sha (VASSAR) 6-3, 6-2
- Micheli, Matt/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Litsky, Nick/Lyon, Christian (VASSAR) 8-6
- Weiss, Howard/Astrachan, Brian (WILLIAMS) def. Udine, Evan/Luckmann, Alexander (VASSAR) 9-8(3)
- Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Phelps, Christian/Huang, Sha (VASSAR) 8-4
Williams 9-3, nationally ranked #5