Men’s tennis sweeps Hamilton and Vassar

Men’s tennis (10-3, 3-1 in the NESCAC) swept Hamilton and Vassar 9-0 last weekend following a tough 6-3 loss to Middlebury last Friday. Over spring break, the men went 7-2.

Against the Continentals last Sunday, the Ephs didn’t drop a set as they steamrolled over their NESCAC foes. At No. 1 doubles, co-captain Matt Micheli ’14 and Alex Schidlovsky ’16 downed their opponents 8-2. Jose Raventos ’16 and Rohan Shastri ’17 followed suit with an 8-2 victory of their own at No. 2 doubles, while Brian Astrachan ’16 and Howie Weiss ’16 dismissed their opponents 8-3 at the No. 3 position.

In singles, the men sailed to straight-set victories across the board. Notably, Raventos failed to drop a game at No. 4 singles and Micheli notched an impressive 6-0, 6-1 victory at No. 1 singles.

Facing Vassar on Saturday, the men continued their impressive form, failing to drop a set in their 9-0 sweep. Once again, Raventos did not drop a game, winning his match 6-0, 6-0. Astrachan was also able to easily dispatch his opponent, winning 6-2, 6-0.

In the Middlebury match, the Ephs were quickly in a 3-0 hole following the doubles matches but attempted a comeback in the singles portion of the contest, winning three of six matches. Micheli won at the No. 1 singles spot, as did Schidlovsky at No. 4 singles and Astrachan at No. 6 singles.

“We’re improving competitively just by playing matches. In practice, we’re trying to sharpen our doubles play and strengthen some fundamentals in singles, like serves and returns and minimizing errors,” Head Coach Dan Greenberg ’08 said.

Williams traveled to Southern California over break, where it played seven matches. The Ephs went 5-2 on the trip. The men started off by beating Point Loma and Pomona-Pitzer in exciting contests by equivalent scores of 5-4. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps followed by handing the men a tough 8-1 loss in a rematch of last year’s NCAA Championship match, its first of the season. Williams reeled off three straight victories after that, beating Redlands 5-4, Glendale Community College 9-0 and California Lutheran 6-3. Westmont defeated Williams 7-2 to conclude the Ephs’ West Coast schedule. Upon returning to Williamstown, the Ephs beat the Jumbos 7-2 in their final match before school started up

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“I thought we had a great spring break. We pulled out a few really close matches and lost two others not as closely, which were both important learning experiences,” Greenberg said.

The Ephs are set for another big weekend of play. They will host Bates on Thursday, then travel to Skidmore in a non-conference matchup Saturday before returning to campus to take on Amherst in a hugely important contest between two of the top teams in the NESCAC and the nation on Sunday.