Fifth-Seeded Jeffs Advance To NESCAC Semifinals With 6-1 Win Over Bowdoin

April 28, 2006

WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – The 21st-ranked and fifth-seeded Amherst College men’s tennis team easily defeated fourth-seed Bowdoin College, 6-1, in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championship Tournament on Friday. The Jeffs advance to the semifinal round, where they will face top-seeded Middlebury College, tomorrow (Saturday) at 1 p.m. at tournament host Williams College.

On Friday, Amherst nearly swept the singles matches, winning five out of six, and secured the doubles point to cruise to the 6-1 win. Sophomore Tal Avrahami (Riverdale, NY) and rookie Zach Lerner (Scarsdale, NY) each earned a pair of victories on the day, combining to defeat Bowdoin’s Drew McDonald and Alex Caughron, 9-7, at No. 3 doubles, and getting 6-1, 6-1 and 6-3, 6-4 singles wins, respectively.

Amherst 6 – Bowdoin 1
SINGLES RESULTS
1. Josh Rilla (A) def. Sam Bitetti (6-3, 6-2)
2. Garrett Gates (B) def. Danny Babkes (6-3, 6-4)
3. Michael Mintz (A) def. Alex White (7-5, 6-1)
4. Zach Lerner (A) def. Drew McDonald (6-4, 6-1)
5. Jon Godsall (A) def. Alex Caughron (6-3, 6-0)
6. Tal Avrahami (A) def. Noah Buntman (6-3, 6-4)

DOUBLES RESULTS
1. Bitetti/Gates (B) def. Rilla/Babkes (8-2)
2. Lenny Lepner/Geoff Schwartz (A) def. White/Andrew Fried (8-6)
3. Avrahami/Lerner (A) def. McDonald/Caughron (9-7)