HARTFORD, CT — The Williams College men's tennis team went on the road to start off their last week of regular season play, facing off against the Bantams of Trinity College, walking away with a comfortable 5-1 victory to end their two-game losing streak. With the win, the Ephs improve to 12-5 (NESCAC 5-2) for the season, as Trinity drops to 7-7 (NESCAC 3-4).
The Ephs claimed the majority of the spoils in the doubles portion, walking away with wins at the one and two positions, while the Bantams secured the one-doubles point to not fall to a 3-0 disadvantage going into singles. At two-doubles, the Eph pairing of freshman Rohan Shastri and sophomore Jose Raventos cruised to an 8-3 victory over Bantam sophomore Ford Traff and junior Musyoka Mbithi. It wasn't long before the Bantams equalized through the junior duo of Daniel Carpenter and David Myers, securing a solid 8-5 victory over Eph senior Matt Micheli and freshman Conrad Harron. However, the Ephs ensured that they took the match advantage into singles thanks to the Eph sophomore combination of Brian Astrachan and Alexander Schidlovsky, who grinded out a result in a tough matchup against Bantam freshman Rutendo Matingo and junior Ilya Levin, securing and consolidating a late break to pull out the match by the margin 9-7.
The Ephs picked up right where they left at the end of doubles, as Harron eased to a 6-0 first set against sophomore Ned Mandel at the number two position, before closing out the match 6-4 in the second set. Shastri and Matingo played out a close match at three-singles, but Shastri was able to grab the momentum and take the first set 7-5, riding that momentum to a 6-4 scoreline in the second set, to pull the Ephs to within one point of clinching the match.
Bringing back memories from his singles match against Amherst, Micheli took part in a thriller at the number one position, this time against Carpenter. Both sets went the distance to tiebreakers and Micheli was able to once again edge out both: the first by the tight margin of 8-6, the second by the slightly wider margin of 7-4, ending the match on a high note for the Ephs.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg was pleased with his team's performance: "Trinity is a very talented team, but we were able to close out some tough sets, which was the key for us today. Our energy was good throughout the match, and it looks like we're on the right track."
The Ephs play their last two matches of the regular season this weekend, the first scheduled for Saturday away against Bowdoin. The match is scheduled to start 2 PM EDT.
Williams 5, Trinity 1
- Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) def. Carpenter, Daniel (TRINITY) 7-6(6), 7-6(4)
- Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Mandel, Ned (TRINITY) 6-0, 6-4
- Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Matingo, Rutendo (TRINITY) 7-5, 6-3
- Carpenter, Daniel/Myers, David (TRINITY) def. Micheli, Matt/Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) 8-5
- Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Traff, Ford/Mbithi, Musyoka (TRINITY) 8-3
- Astrachan, Brian/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Matingo, Rutendo/Levin, Ilya (TRINITY) 9-7
Williams 12-5 (NESCAC 5-2), nationally ranked #5
Trinity 7-7 (NESCAC 3-4), nationally ranked #27