WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – On Saturday, the #4 Williams College Ephs (12-3) took on the #7 Amherst College Mammoths (11-3). The rivals both came into the day looking for a crucial NESCAC win that would improve their seeding in the conference tournament. Despite a difficult start, the Ephs prevailed in the end, winning 7-2.
The match did not start out promising for the Ephs, as their #1 doubles team were beaten handily, and their #2 team was having a difficult time against its opponents. However, the team of Alex Taylor '20 and Calvin Chung '21 recovered, and eventually won in a tiebreak. Coupled with the win from Jordan Sadowsky '19 and Arturo Kam '21, the Ephs were in good shape going into singles.
It turned out that the lead the Ephs established in doubles was not necessary for a win, as the Ephs claimed five of six points in singles. Deepak Indrakanti '19, Kam and Taylor won their matches in two sets, while Ananth Raghavan '20 and Brian Grodecki '18 were victorious in three sets.
"The doubles was a little shaky, but we made a great comeback at #2 to get us the lead," said head coach Dan Greenberg '08. "And I thought we were really strong in singles all around. Guys stepped up, and we're finishing up our regular season on a great note."
The Ephs have had a very successful season in the NESCAC, only losing once, against #2 Bowdoin. Next up for the Ephs will be the NESCAC Tournament to be played at Amherst May 4-6. The winner of the NESCAC Tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Williams 7, Amherst 2
1. WC- Grodecki def. Wei – 6-7, 6-2, 7-5
2. AC- Ma def. Barr – 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
3. WC- Ananth Raghavan def. Bessette – 6-3, 5-7, 10-4
4. WC- Deepak Indrakanti def. Fung – 6-2, 6-2
5. WC- Kam def. Levitin – 6-1, 6-2
6. WC- Taylor def. Jon Heidenberg – 6-4, 6-4