Ephs Earn Key Victories to Mantain Championship Hopes at Day 1 of 2019 ITA New England Regionals

Alex Taylor '20
Alex Taylor '20

WATERVILLE, ME – The Williams College Men's Tennis team traveled to Colby College today to compete in the annual 2019 ITA Division III New England Regional Tennis Championship. This year's competition features players from twenty different schools across the region. Doubles action kicked off at 9:00 am and singles began shortly after at 10:30 am. Play will run from Friday the 27th through Sunday the 29th.

The Ephs entered five representatives in singles play and two pairs in double play. While the team has been practicing since classes began in early September, this was their first real opportunity at match play. Recent Alum Brian Grodecki is stepping in as head coach for the fall season with Dan Greenberg and Felix Sun both out on temporary sabbatical. He commented on the team's performance today: "We had a good start to the day and then took some tough losses. Tomorrow we'll continue to sharpen our competitive edge throughout the day."

Senior Alex Taylor led the day on the singles court for the Ephs. Of the five who played, Taylor remains the only one standing moving into Saturday. His first match pitted him against the five seed from Wesleyan. Taylor downed his opponent 6-0, 6-3 and continued his momentum with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over a Babson opponent in the second round. He will face off against sophomore Stan Morris from Middlebury in a 12 pm match tomorrow.

Junior Calvin Chung, sophomore Peter Frelinghuysen, and junior Arturo Kam all managed to advance past their first round opponent. Frelinghuysen managed a two-set victory, while his teammates dug out tie breaking wins in the third set to advance. Kam was seeded 7th entering the tournament and completed his final set with a resounding 6-0 victory to back that up. Unfortunately, all three Ephs were defeated in their second match of the day. Likewise, senior Ananth Raghavan was unable to overcome a Bowdoin opponent in the first round, but did force it to a three set game.

In doubles, Ephs tennis experience more success. The length of the games and the players dual entry in the singles and doubles matches meant only one game was played. The Taylor and Frelinghuysen duo were seeded number one coming into match play. They lived up to the ranking with an 8-3 victory over a Brandeis pair. Similarly, Kam and Raghavan defeated their Middlebury opponent 8-4. Both will play again tomorrow at 9:00 am. Taylor and Frelinghuysen will take on junior Wesleyan duo Max Lee and Zach Lieb. The Wesleyan pair also defeated their first round opponent 8-3. Kam and Raghavan will face off against Brandeis sophomore partners Adam Tzeng and Jeffrey Chen. If both Eph duos win their next three matches they will face one another for entry into the finals.

Saturday's match play will begin again at 9:00 am. The Ephs who remain in contention will look to continue their success with eyes on the championships held on Sunday.