Junior Jeffrey Wan will help an outstanding senior class lead the young Jeffs this season.
Jeffs Ready to Roll in 2006-07
September 15, 2006
A LOOK BACK: 2005-2006
The Amherst College men’s tennis team had a very impressive 2005-06 season, ending in a second straight trip to the NCAA championship tournament. The Jeffs began their 2005-06 campaign with three impressive victories in the fall season against visiting Salve Regina University and Colby College and on the road at Brandeis University. Finishing with a No. 17 ranking and a 3-0 record, the Amherst fall included two shutout victories (7-0) and a 6-1 win over Colby. Using the fall success as a springboard, the Jeffs quickly climbed to an 8-2 start, highlighted by a week which included four consecutive 7-0 team wins. Reaching as high as 14th-place natonal ranking, the Jeffs grabbed the fifth seed in the fiercely competitive NESCAC postseason tournament. Amherst advanced to the semifinal round with a 6-1 victory over NESCAC rival Bowdoin College, before falling to top-seeded Middlebury College. With an at-large bid, Amherst faced the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the opening round of the NCAA tournament, and won 4-1. The Amherst season concluded, however, with a hard-fought defeat at the hands of NCAA regional final host Middlebury.
Amherst loses a quintet of seniors to graduation that helped lead the Jeffs to two of the best seasons in recent history. Led by senior co-captains Josh Rilla and Danny Babkes, the Amherst class of 2006 included Scott Bronner, Jon Godsall and Lenny Lepner. Rilla, a three-time all-NESCAC selection, played three years at the No.1 position, and was ranked as high as the No. 24 singles player in the nation. Rilla was recognized with the Clarence Chaffee Sportsmanship Award in 2006, as voted by the NESCAC coaches. Babkes was a solid leader and a top-three singles player, as well as a top doubles player at Amherst. Lepner was also an steadfast contributor playing No. 2 in both doubles and singles.
Senior co-captains Karti Subramanian and Jeff Lawrence will lead a young team that looks to follow up on last season’s success. Jeffrey Wan, the lone returning junior, will also contribute his veteran leadership. Zach Lerner returns for his sophomore campaign, after seeing steady action in both singles and doubles as a first-year in 2005-06. The Jeffs welcome six first-years to the program this season: Tristan Biesecker (Stanwood, WA), Daniel Gonzalez (West Roxbury, MA), Scott London (Chevy Chase, MD), Alex Kaufman (Woodside, CA), Daniel Kim (Springfield, MO) and Ben Krause (Vancouver, BC).