May 2, 2011


            The Middlebury College men's tennis team saw its eight-match winning streak come to an end as they fell 6-3 at Amherst, as the Lord Jeffs improve to 29-1, marking a new program record for wins in a season. The top-ranked Panthers fall to 16-2 on the season.

            Amherst held a 2-1 lead after doubles play and was in control for the majority of the singles session. With the hosts holding a 4-2 advantage, first-year Joey Fritz secured the victory at number five.

            Amherst increased its winning streak to 12 matches, while Middlebury’s came to a halt at eight. The Panthers also had their 25-match win streak in conference play snapped, as the Jeffs picked up their first regular-season victory over Middlebury since 2001.

            Middlebury took a 1-0 lead when junior David Farah (Flint, Mich.) and sophomore Spencer Lunghino (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) picked up an 8-3 win over Amherst’s Mark Kahan and Andrew Jung, bumping the Panthers’ doubles record to 15-1 on the season. Luis Rattenhuber and Austin Chafetz tied things up with an 8-2 win at No. 1, with Wes Waterman and Moritz Koenig sending the Jeffs into singles play with a 2-1 lead after their 8-5 win at No. 2.

            Making his return to the Amherst lineup, Austin Chafetz gave his team a 3-1 lead after a 6-2, 6-4 win over junior Derrick Angle (Troy, N.Y.) at No. 3. Sophomore Alec Parower (Scarsdale, N.Y.) answered for the visitors with a 6-3, 6-3 victory against Wes Waterman at No. 4, bringing the score to 3-2.

            Trailing 5-2 in the second set of his match against Middlebury rookie Zach Bruchmiller (San Antonio, Texas) at No. 2, Kahan rallied to win the next five games, wrapping up a straight-set victory that bumped his win streak to 12 and gave the Lord Jeffs a 4-2 advantage. Fritz then closed things out for Amherst with a 7-6(4), 6-2 win over Lunghino at number five. 

            Amherst’s Andrew Jung entered the day with an 11-0 singles record, but Middlebury brought the score to 5-3 when first-year player Brantner Jones (Winnetka, Ill.) defeated the Lord Jeff junior in straight sets, 6-2, 7-6(0). The teams’ top two players were the only ones left standing, and it was Amherst’s Rattenhuber who came out on the winning end of a great battle with senior Andrew Peters (Baltimore, Md.).
• Men’s tennis record: 16-2
• Up next: 5/6-8 – Host NESCAC Championship