CLINTON, NY – The Williams College men's tennis team began their season by winning all nine matches at Hamilton on Saturday. The Eph now sport a combined fall/spring ledger of 3-0. This will be their only match before they embark on a trip to California over spring break, where they will play seven times.
"Everyone stepped up in their spot," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg. "For our first match, I feel good about where we are."
The Ephs' doubles teams were all challenged, but they were able to overcome the Continentals in each match. First year Alex Taylor and Brian Grodecki '18 won 9-7, and were followed by an 8-6 victory by Jordan Sadowsky '18 and Rohan Shastri '17. Benjamin Lebowitz '20 and junior Sachin Raghavan were able to complete the sweep by winning their match 8-5.
Williams carried that momentum into the singles portion of the match, where Shastri, Grodecki, Raghavan, Taylor, and Sadowsky won, respectively. Of those matches, Grodecki had the most difficult one, with a 7-6 first set. However, he was able to outlast senior Max McKee-Proctor, his opponent, by finishing off the second set 6-1. Sachin's younger brother Ananth Raghavan completed the sweep by decisively winning his match 6-0, 6-0.
"It was awesome to see Rohan healthy and playing the tennis he's capable of," said Greenberg. "And our juniors and underclassmen were all solid filling out the lineup."
After starting off the spring season well, the Ephs will now look forward to their campaign in California. The first match will be against Point Loma (1-2) in San Diego, which will take place on Monday, March 20 at 3:00 PM PDT, and 6:00 PM EDT.
Williams 9, Hamilton 0
Rohan Shastri (W) def.Sam Farber (H) -- 6-2, 6-1
Brian Grodecki (W) def.Max McKee-Proctor (H) -- 7-6, 6-1
Sachin Raghavan (W) def.Jon Cohen (H) -- 6-2, 6-1
Alex Taylor (W) def. Eyad Nagori (H) -- 6-3, 6-3
Jordan Sadowsky (W) def.Matt Haas (H) -- 6-0, 6-2
Ananth Raghavan (W) def. Andrew Wei (H) -- 6-0, 6-0