Freshman Kevin Kelly dueled with his Lord Jeff counterpart at #6 singles
MEDFORD, MA – The Tufts men's tennis team had it's work cut out for them on Saturday afternoon, taking on NESCAC rival and #4 ranked Amherst at home. The Lord Jeffs proved to be too much to handle, as the Jumbos fell, 9-0. The match was the first of a busy weekend for the men, who take on fellow NESCAC rival Wesleyan on Sunday afternoon.
The match began indoors in the Gantcher Center, but was finished outside on the Voute Courts as weather permitted. Doubles play gave Amherst a 3-0 lead to take onto the outdoor courts. Sophomore Nik Telkedzhiev (Plovdiv, Bulgaria) and junior Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) played at #1 doubles and were edged by Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel of Amherst, 8-6.
At #2 doubles the Amherst duo of Aaron Revzin and Andrew Yaraghi won over sophomore Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL) and freshman Brad Wong (Granite Bay, CA). Similarly, at #3 doubles senior Matt Pataro (Miami, FL) and fellow classmate Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY) had trouble with their Lord Jeff counterparts, falling 8-1.
After the completion of doubles play, the men moved out to the Voute courts to play the singles competition outdoors. Telkedzhiev took on Fritz again at #1 singles but fell, 6-3, 6-2. Jacobson played his match at #2 singles against Amherst's Chris Dale, as Dale was able to secure a win, 6-2, 6-4.
At #3 singles, Wong matched up against Michael Solimano, but was topped by Solimano, 6-3, 5-2. Tan played at #4 singles, challenging Anton Zykov, but wasn't able to pull out a win. The Lord Jeff's also secured a win at #5 singles as Yaraghi was too much for Blau, taking the win in two sets.
Freshman Kevin Kelly (Ashburn, VA) rounded out the Jumbos singles lineup at #6 singles and had the best singles match of the day for the Jumbos. Kelly was able to take the second set from Amherst's Revzin before eventually falling to his opponent, 6-3, 3-6, (10-4).
With the loss the men move to 3–3 in dual match play this spring, and 0-2 in NESCAC play. They will be back in action on Sunday afternoon as they host Wesleyan at 12:00 pm. Amherst moves to 19-2 on the season and 1-0 in NESCAC play. They return to the courts on Saturday, April 5 when they host Gustavus Adolphus.