Defending National Champion Ephs Start the Spring Season off Right with 4-3 Victory over Colgate

Matt Micheli
Matt Micheli

HAMILTON, NY — The defending D-III national champions traveled to Colgate Saturday and emerged 2-0 on the season after defeating the Raiders by a margin of 4-3. In the fall portion of their schedule the Ephs defeated Wesleyan in a dual match.

The Ephs put in a strong doubles performance, winning all three doubles matches to take the doubles point in convincing fashion. The number one doubles combination of senior Matt Micheli and sophomore Alexander Schidlovsky had the closest of the three matches, defeating Luke Gensburg and Bobby Alter 8-5. The number two doubles team of sophomore Brian Astrachan and freshman Conrad Harron cruised to an 8-3 victory over Alan Pleat and Archer McFall, before sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shashtri finished off Tom Haile and Nick Laub 8-4 at number three doubles.

The singles matches were much closer affairs, with four of the six matches going the distance, and the Ephs and Raiders splitting the spoils. Sophomore Howard Weiss was the one Eph who won in straight sets at the number two position, defeating Pleat easily by the score of 6-2, 6-1. The other two Eph victors were Harron and Raventos, both coming back from losing their respective first sets. Playing number three, Harron lost his first set 6-4 to Laub, but rallied well to take the second and third sets 6-3 and 6-4 respectively. At the number five position, Raventos got off to a slow start, losing his first set 6-3, but finished strong against Alter, winning the second set quickly 6-1, before taking the final set by the margin of 6-4. 

After the match, Ephs head coach Dan Greenberg was very pleased with the way the season has started for his Ephs: "It was a great first match for us. We played solid doubles, but singles was definitely more exciting, especially with four matches going three sets. It was perfect for the young team to get that experience." 

The Ephs now have over two weeks off before they make their spring break road trip across the country to California. Their next match will be at Point Loma on the 24th of March at 6 PM.