MIDDLEBURY, VT - The Ephs entered Day 2 of the ITA New England Regional Championships raring to compete after a solid showing the previous day. Five Ephs saw action on Saturday, competing in both the singles and doubles brackets.
Alex Taylor '20, after a hard-fought comeback to secure his spot in Saturday's Round of 16, saw his tournament come to end at the hand of Middlebury's Lubomir Cuba in straight sets, losing 6-4 and 6-1.
However, sophomore Arturo Kam would soon avenge his teammate's defeat with his Round of 16 and quarterfinal victories. Kam, defeating Brandeis' Nikhil Das in the Round of 16 in straight sets, found himself in the quarterfinals matched up against Middlebury's Cuba, the same player who eliminated fellow Eph Alex Taylor in the previous round. In a heated quarterfinal matchup, Arturo opened the first set with a 2-6 loss. Kam bounced back well, quickly opening up a 4-1 lead in the second set. But, not long after, Middlebury's Cuba sustained an injury that stopped play. The match ultimately ended there and saw Kam advance to the singles bracket semifinals.
Despite his singles loss, junior Alex Taylor rebounded strongly in doubles play alongside first-year Peter Frelinghuysen. The duo defeated MIT's Alex Cauneac and Albert Go, 8-4, in the Round of 16. However, it was the pair's quarterfinal matchup that proved to be a true highlight. The Ephs found themselves face to face with a familiar opponent: Amherst, who began the tournament as the number one seeded doubles pair. The match, as all matchups between these two rivals of antiquity are, was fiercely contested all the way through, with Ephs and Mammoths going on runs and trading points. Taylor and Frelinghuysen and found themselves tied 8-8 with Amherst's Zach Bessette and Jayson Fung. As a result, the pairs played a tiebreaker, which the Ephs ultimately won, 7-3.
Eph's Coach Dan Greenberg was satisfied with the team's collective performance today but made note of points of improvement, commenting, "We competed very well at times, but not as consistent as we'll hope to be this year."
The Ephs will look to finish strong on the final day of the ITA New England Regional Championships on Sunday, September 30th.