2001-02 Men's Tennis Season Preview
September 12, 2001
With no seniors on its roster, the Amherst College men's tennis team continued its tradition of success, recording an 11-6 record and once again returning to the NCAA Tournament. The Jeffs finished the season ranked fifth in the Northeast and 18th in the nation.
In the fall non-traditional season, the Jeffs recorded a 4-1 record, while also topping all opponents in the ECAC North Men's tournament at Vassar College.
In the spring, Amherst raced out of the gate with a 3-0 record during its spring trip to Orlando, Fla., topping St. Ambrose, Grinnel, and the University of Hartford. Back home, the Jeffs recorded consecutive 4-3 wins over Middlebury and Bowdoing, while topping Wesleyan 5-2 and placing second in the Little Three rivalry.
The Jeffs were led by No. 1 singles player, junior Bryan Wexler, who earned All-NESCAC First-Team accolades after advancing to the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship Tournament. Amherst placed fourth in the tournament, and qualified for the NCAA Tournament, before losing 3-4 in a closely contested first-round match against Bowdoin.
Amherst also received strong play from Brian Chin in the No. 2 singles spot, as he was ranked the 29th top player in Division III singles according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Assocation (ITA).
2001-02: A LOOK AHEAD
Amherst returns all of its players in an attempt to return to the NCAA tournament for the 11th time in 12 seasons. With an 11-6 record in the spring of 2001, the Jeffs earned experience should prove invaluable in the upccoming season.
Senior Bryan Wexler and junior Brian Chin return as a one-two combination atop the singles flight, while Adam Leibshon, Dave Wellner, Andy Tsai and Rob Feeley round out the remaining key contributors.
In doubles, Chin and Liebsohn team up at the No. 1 spot, while Tsai and senior Peter Ransmeier should return at No. 2, and Wexler and Wellner at No. 3.
Amherst tennis plays both a traditional spring slate of matches as well as a fall non-traditional schedule. Over spring break, the Jeffs will once again take a spring trip to ready themselves for a schedule highlighted by a Little Three matches against Wesleyan and rival Williams, as well as the NESCAC post-season tournament which precedes the NCAA tournament.