|First Round - Friday, May 3|
|#6 Tufts 1||#3 Middlebury 5||Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass.||Final||Recap|
|#5 Wesleyan 3||#4 Bates 5||Hosted by Amherst - Amherst,
|Second Round - Saturday, May 4|
|#4 Bates 0||#1 Amherst 5||Hosted by Amherst - Amherst,
|#3 Middlebury 4||#2 Williams 5||Hosted by Amherst - Amherst,
|Championship - Sunday, May 5|
|#2 Williams 5||#1 Amherst 4||
Hosted by Amherst - Amherst, Mass.
2013 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship
NESCAC Championship: #2 Williams 5, #1 Amherst 4
Courtesy of Amherst College Sports Information
AMHERST, Mass. – Senior Bryan Chow pulled out a dramatic second-set tiebreaker over Chris Dale then powered to the decisive three-set triumph at fifth singles, clinching the 2013 NESCAC Men’s Tennis Championship for Williams College by way of a thrilling 5-4 triumph over host Amherst College on Sunday.
With the win, the Ephs ended the Lord Jeffs’ two-year reign atop the conference, knocking off Amherst after the Jeffs took the teams’ regular season contest, 5-4. Williams earns the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Championship with the triumph while Amherst, ranked third nationally, will await the announcement of the 44-team tournament field on Monday night in hopes of an at-large bid.
In a back-and-forth battle between evenly-matched rivals, the Ephs took two of three in doubles play then withstood a strong Amherst surge in singles. Justin Reindel, Andrew Yaraghi, and Ben Fife notched straight-set wins for the Jeffs, but Trey Meyer took No. 1s from Joey Fritz before Matt Micheli and Chow rallied for three-set wins over Mark Kahan and Dale.
After Williams swept doubles play in the squads’ regular season matchup, Fritz and Reindel made sure that wouldn’t be the case Sunday, breaking early at No. 3 and pulling away for an 8-3 win over Chow and Brian Astrachan. The Ephs were too much at first doubles, however, as Meyer and Alex Schidlovsky jumped ahead of Dale and Yaraghi 3-0 and never looked back, with Meyer’s winner putting away the 8-2 triumph.
With the match tied 1-1, focus shifted to the second doubles clash where Micheli and Felix Sun held serve early over Kahan and Michael Solimano, eventually going up 6-5. The Jeffs rallied, with Solimano firing a big winner for an Amherst break, but Williams recovered to break back then Micheli capped the surge with a forehand winner to notch an 8-6 victory and a 2-1 Eph lead.
Amherst started strong in singles, taking five of six first sets and evening the match 2-2 when Reindel fired an ace on match point to claim a 6-4, 6-2 win over Dylan Page at sixth singles. Yaraghi continued the Jeff surge, finishing off Sun, 6-3, 6-3, at No. 3, but Williams tied it 3-3 shortly after as Meyer completed a 6-4, 6-3 win over Fritz at first singles.
Fife, meanwhile, gave the Jeffs a leg up at fourth singles with a huge second-set rally against Zach Weiss. After winning the opener, Fife fell behind 5-1 in the second but ripped off a series of breaks to storm back and claim the 6-4, 7-5 win when his strong forehand led to a Weiss error on match point.
With Micheli forcing a third against Kahan at No. 2, all eyes then turned to the gripping conclusion of Chow and Dale’s second set. After Dale led 5-4, Chow broke to go up 6-5, but Dale recovered to force the tiebreak. The Eph senior pulled off a big rally, however, taking the breaker 8-6 to force a third set and deny Amherst the chance to wrap up the title early.
Momentum stayed with the Ephs as Micheli overpowered Kahan in the rubber match at second singes, finishing off a 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 win and knotting the score at 4-4. Chow, meanwhile, rode the wave of his tiebreak triumph to a dominant start in the third set, going up 5-0 before firing off an ace to finish off Dale and deliver Williams the conference crown with his 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1 triumph.
Williams College 5, Amherst College 4
1. Trey Meyer (WILLIAMS) def. Joey Fritz (AMH) 6-4, 6-3
2. Matt Micheli (WILLIAMS) def. Mark Kahan (AMH) 5-7, 6-4, 6-1
3. Andrew Yaraghi (AMH) def. Felix Sun (WILLIAMS) 6-3, 6-3
4. Ben Fife (AMH) def. Zach Weiss (WILLIAMS) 6-4, 7-5
5. Bryan Chow (WILLIAMS) def. Chris Dale (AMH) 5-7, 7-6 (8-6), 6-1
6. Justin Reindel (AMH) def. Dylan Page (WILLIAMS) 6-4, 6-3
1. Alex Schidlovsky/Trey Meyer (WILLIAMS) def. Chris Dale/Andrew Yaraghi (AMH) 8-2
2. Matt Micheli/Felix Sun (WILLIAMS) def. Michael Solimano/Mark Kahan (AMH) 8-6
3. Joey Fritz/Justin Reindel (AMH) def. Bryan Chow/Brian Astrachan (WILLIAMS) 8-3
Williams College 18-4
Amherst College 27-8
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (6,3,1,4,2,5)
2013 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship
Hosted by Amherst
Friday-Sunday, May 3-5
First Round - Friday, May 3
No. 6 vs. No. 3 - 9:00 a.m.
No. 5 vs. No. 4 - 9:00 a.m.
Semifinals - Saturday, May
Winner of No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 1 - 9:00 a.m.
Winner of No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 2 - 9:00 a.m.
Championship - Sunday, May
Semifinal Winners - 9:00 a.m.
The top six teams in the conference shall qualify for the championship. The championship is a single-elimination tournament with no consolation matches. The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed shall receive a first round bye. All matches will be played to decision.
Inclement Weather (Tentative)
In foul weather, the women's No. 4/No. 5 match will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside. Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match. The women's No. 3/No. 6 match will follow the No. 4/No. 5 match, followed by men's No. 4/No. 5 and men's No. 3/No. 6. On Saturday in foul weather, the women's top half semifinal (winner No. 4/No. 5 match vs. No. 1) will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside. Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match. The women's bottom half semifinal (winner No. 3/No. 6 match vs. No. 2) will go on second, followed by the men's top half semifinal and then the bottom half semifinal. On Sunday in foul weather, the women's championship match will start at 9:00 a.m. The men's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. or one half hour after completion of the women's final, whichever is later.
Teams will be selected and seeded based on the following criteria (not in priority order):
- NESCAC win-loss record
- NESCAC head-to-head with tied team(s)
- Wins/losses against other common NESCAC opponents
- Wins/losses against other common non-conference opponents
Note: Only wins/losses may be used as a factor. Match score may not be used as a factor in determining seeding.
Ties will be broken as follows:
- Head-to-head results
- In the event of a tie between more than two teams or a head-to-head result is not available, the following procedure will be used (in priority order):
- NESCAC head-to-head results with tied teams
- Win-loss record against other common NESCAC opponents
- Win-loss record against other common in-region opponents
- Win-loss record against other common out-of-region opponents
- Latest ITA National ranking (in the event teams are not nationally ranked, regional rankings will be used)
There will be separate men's and women's tournament committees consisting of four coaches each. Committee membership will rotate annually based on an alphabetical rotation.
The tournament committee will notify schools (and the Conference office) of the participating teams and seeding for the tournament. Participating teams and seeding will be posted on the NESCAC web site after the committee has determined the final seeding and the appeal period has concluded.