Amherst's Chafetz & Rattenhuber Win NCAA Men's Doubles Title
CARY, N.C. - Amherst's Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber battled their way to the 2012 NCAA men's tennis doubles crown on Saturday at the Cary Tennis Park in Cary, N.C. Chafetz and Rattenhuber downed Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis of Gustavus-Adolphus in the title match, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Down 5-3 in what could have been the decisive second set, Chafetz and Rattenhuber rallied to take the second set, 7-5.
It's the third time in the last four years that a doubles team representing a NESCAC school has won the NCAA title. In the 2009 tournament, Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe of Bates came away with the crown, while Oscar Pena and Stephen Sullivan took home the championship in 2011.
Amherst also won the women's doubles title later in the day, as the Lord Jeff tandem of Laura Danzig and Gabby Devlin earned the championship in three sets. Amherst became the first institution to win both doubles crowns in the same season.
Chafetz and Rattenhuber advanced to Saturday's championship earlier in the day with a 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4 win over Warren Elgort and Jacob Barnaby of Johns Hopkins in the semifinals.