Ephs Storm to Little Three Triumph

Ephs Storm to Little Three Triumph

AMHERST, MA - The Ephs (12-7) secured their 21st consecutive Little Three's title on Sunday with an 8-1 win over Wesleyan (8-9) followed by a 7-2 win over Amherst (8-5).

The #16 ranked Ephs men controlled the first match against #29 Wesleyan for the most part, winning 6 matches 3-0, with the exception of some strong Cardinal resistance in the top three positions. At #2, junior Wyatt Khosrowshahi was made to work, but ultimately added his point with a five game win. Freshman Udai Pal (#3) won his first game before dropping a second, but bounced back to close the match 3-1. At the #1 spot, sophomore Jacob Bassil was locked in a battle heading into a fourth game, but was forced to retire with a slight injury in hopes of playing the second match later that day, leaving a final score of 8-1.

The second match would prove a tougher test against the #20 ranked Mammoths. Again, the Ephs' cause was driven by strong perfomances throughout the lower portion of the Ephs' lineup.

The men swept the three bottom court matches, putting three crucial points on the board. Senior David Pincus (#7) put in yet another strong performance with a tidy 3-0 win. At #8, freshman Charles "Chas" Merrill split the first two games, but pressed on to win the next two and another point. Finally, junior Tucker van Eck won his opening two games beforebeing pegged back, but showed his mettle to win the all important fifth game.

The purple cows fared as well if not better on the middle court. Senior co-captain Will Means (#4) and junior AJ Solecki (#6) continued their respective purple patches with a pair of 3-0 wins. At #5, senior co-captain Carl Shuck delivered a 3-1 win of his own.

The top of the ladder is where the Mammoths found a bit of luck. Freshman Jacob Bassil (#1) struggled to get into a rhythm, and fell by a 3-0 scoreline. Junior Wyatt Khosrowshahi found himself locked in his third five game battle of the weekend, but couldn't cross the finish line and was defeated 3-2. Not to be detered, freshman Udai Pal (#3) was always at the races, winning 3-0.

The Ephs travel to #15 Brown on Tuesday before begging preparation for NESCAC Championships in two weeks.

Ladder Position

Williams

Wesleyan

Match Score

Game Scores

1

Jacob Bassil

Sean Choi

1-3

1-11, 11-9, 11-13 RE

2

Wyatt Khosrowshahi

John Sutherby

3-2

9-11, 11-6, 11-4, 11-13, 11-9

3

Udai Pal

Shanay Sanghavi

3-1

11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10

4

Will Means

William Bienstock

3-0

11-7, 11-7, 11-6

5

Carl Shuck

Alex Dreyfus

3-0

11-3, 11-4, 11-5

6

AJ Solecki

Andrew Doucette

3-0

11-6, 11-4, 11-5

7

David Pincus

Tian Ji

3-0

11-4, 11-5, 11-4

8

Charles Merrill

Vabuk Pahari

3-0

11-5, 11-8, 11-6

9

Tucker van Eck

Brinton Thomas

3-0

11-8, 11-6, 11-5

10

Nilay Neelaveni

Robert Greenspan

1-3

11-7, 11-13, 4-11, 6-11

 

Ladder Position

Williams

Amherst

Match Score

Game Scores

1

Jacob Bassil

Robinson Armour

0-3

11-7, 11-9, 11-3

2

Wyatt Khosrowshahi

Charlie Sutherby

2-3

10-12, 11-6, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8

3

Udai Pal

Adam Lichtmacher

3-0

7-11, 2-11, 8-11

4

Will Means

Robert Parker

3-0

8-11, 5-11, 5-11

5

Carl Shuck

Terrence Wang

3-1

11-6, 4-11, 9-11, 10-12

6

AJ Solecki

Nathaniel Mosse

3-0

5-11, 6-11, 8-11

7

David Pincus

Reginald Brewster

3-0

2-11, 8-11, 3-11

8

Charles Merrill

Pavan Nagaraj

3-1

9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 7-11

9

Tucker van Eck

Andrew Leung

3-2

9-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7, 6-11

10

Will Comyns

Wonjune Kang

0-3

11-4, 13-11, 11-8