MIDDLEBURY, VT. - Three Ephs were in action on the third and final day of the 2018 ITA New England Regional Championships. Arturo Kam '21 featured in the singles semifinals, while Peter Frelinghuysen '22 and Alex Taylor '20 took the court in the doubles bracket semifinals.
Frelinghuysen and Taylor lined up against Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang and Justin Wang, who began the tournament as the number four overall seed. The match was competitive, with both sides going on runs and making plays, but the Ephs ultimately fell short against their opponents who would go on to win the doubles bracket.
Sophomore Arturo Kam would later line up against the same Jerry Jiang from Bowdoin in the semifinals of the singles bracket. In what would turn out to be a true highlight of the day, Kam and Jiang battled back and forth, both unwilling to let the match slip away. Jiang managed to secure the first set 7-5, but Kam would soon come storming back to take the second set 6-2 for the Ephs. Sadly, Kam couldn't complete the comeback victory, as Jiang emerged victorious after a hard-fought third set.
When asked for comment, Ephs Coach Dan Greenberg reflected, "[We] got off to slow starts in [the] doubles and singles semifinals, but our guys battle back well to give themselves a shot. And Kam's singles match was just an amazing fight. He managed to turn the tide after a close first set loss, even though Jiang seemed to be on fire, and really stepped up to take the second set. In the third set, he saved six or seven match points but ultimately fell short. But honestly an inspiring performance from him that really set the standard for how we want to compete."
With their first competitive tournament of the fall season behind them, the Ephs will work on the lessons learned from the ITA New England Regional Championships as they turn to the remainder of their upcoming competitions.