CLAREMONT, CALIF. -- Trying to extend a two-match winning streak, the Williams College Ephs (ranked 5th in NCAA DIII) fell to the Emory University Eagles (ranked 4th), 6-3.
In an exciting affair between two evenly matched teams, Emory seized the advantage in both doubles (2-1) and singles (4-2) play, resulting in the 6-3 final score. But Williams remained competitive throughout, with three of the four defeats in singles play coming down to three sets.
In doubles play, the Williams duo of senior Deepak Indrakanti and sophomore Austin Barr won a close match against Emory's Hayden Cassone and Antonio Mora, by an 8-6 score. But Emory countered with two victories by the duos of Jonathan Jamison/Adrien Bouchet and James Spaulding/Will Wanner, which they won 8-6 and 8-3, respectively.
On the singles side, both of the Ephs' victories came in two sets, with Indrakanti and junior Alex Taylor defeating Emory's Mora and Spaulding, respectively. Indrakanti clinched the victory on a second-set tiebreak, while Taylor won both of his sets by a 6-2 score. Kam won a close first set, but Jamison came back to win the match with a 7-6 tiebreak win in the second set followed by a smoother 6-1 victory in the third. Chung also won the first set, this time by a wider margin of 6-2, but Emory's Andrew Esses stormed back, putting on the finishing touch with a dominant, 6-0 third set. For Emory's third and fourth victories, Cassone won a tight match against Barr, winning the first and third sets. Bouchet defeated Eph junior Ananth Raghavan in two sets.
"Tough match today," said Eph head coach Dan Greenberg following the match. "Emory came out hot and it took us a minute to adjust to that level, but eventually we found our game in doubles and definitely by singles we were competing well at every spot." Greenberg is still optimistic about the Ephs' performance against stronger teams going forward: "We missed a few moments to turn the match in our favor, but we'll get better at capitalizing as we keep playing these top teams."
On Tuesday night, the Ephs will continue their West Coast trip with a match against a formidable Claremont-Mudd-Scripps team, who had a season-opening 13-match winning streak snapped by Amherst on Friday.
1. Jonathan Jamison (E) def. Arturo Kam (W) -- 5-7, 7-6, 6-1
2. Hayden Cassone (E) def. Austin Barr (W) -- 6-3, 5-7, 6-1
3. Adrien Bouchet (E) def. Ananth Raghavan (W) -- 6-3, 7-5
4. Deepak Indrakanti (W) def. Antonio Mora (E) -- 6-3, 7-6
5. Andrew Esses (E) def. Calvin Chung (W) -- 2-6, 6-4, 6-0
6. Alex Taylor (W) def. James Spaulding (E) -- 6-2, 6-2