CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- In their first win of the season, the Williams College Ephs (ranked #5 in NCAA DIII) edged the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens (ranked #12) in a tightly contested dual match, 5-4.
While neither Williams nor Pomona-Pitzer gained the edge in singles -- the two teams won three matches apiece -- the Ephs won two of the three doubles matches, with the duos of junior Alex Taylor/ freshman Peter Frelinghuysen and senior Deepak Indrakanti/sophomore Austin Barr winning their respective matches 8-5 and 8-2. Senior Christian O'Connor and freshman Michael Medvedev also defeated the Pomona-Pitzer combination of Jack Bernstein and Jansen Comadena, 8-4, in an exhibition match.
In singles play, Indrakanti, Taylor and sophomore Calvin Chung each won their respective matches in two sets, with none of the three Williams victors allowing their opponent to win more than three games in any set. Chung's performance was especially impressive, as opponent Jacob Schoenherr only managed to win one game in the whole match. Indirakanti and Taylor also won handily, each only falling in four games.
Williams' three defeats, however, were much closer. Eph junior Ananth Raghavan fell to opponent Octave Bellet De Giacomoni in two sets, yet it took seven games for Bellet to win each set, including a tiebreak in the first set. Barr also fell in two sets to Pomona-Pitzer's Josh Gearou, but only lost each set by two games (5-7 and 4-6, respectively). Sophomore Arturo Kam dueled Jed Kronenberg in the only singles match that came down to a third set. While Kronenberg edged Kam in the first set, 7-5, Kam stormed back to take the second set 6-1, forcing a match tiebreaker which Kronenberg won, 12-10.
The match tiebreaker was played in place of the third set because by that point, the Ephs had already clinched the team match.
"First D3 match for us and I felt we handled it really well," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg following the match. "We took care of certain spots efficiently and battled at every other court, where we can continue sharpening up our focus."
Tomorrow, the Ephs continue their tour of California with a matchup against Cal Tech, whose eight-match winning streak was snapped yesterday at the hands of Claremont-M-S.
1. Jed Kronenberg (PP) def. Arturo Kam (W) -- 7-5, 1-6, 12-10 (match tiebreaker)
2. Josh Gearou (PP) def. Austin Barr (W) -- 7-5, 6-4
3. Octave Bellet De Giacomoni (PP) def. Ananth Raghavan (W) -- 7-6, 7-5
4. Deepak Indrakanti (W) def. Sam Gearou (PP) -- 6-3, 6-1
5. Calvin Chung (W) def. Jacob Schoenherr (PP) -- 6-0, 6-1
6. Alex Taylor (W) def. Quinn Hirsohn (PP) -- 6-2, 6-2