Amherst comes back against Emory to punch ticket to NCAA semifinals
KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Erasing a 2-1 hole after doubles action, Amherst notched wins at first, second, third and sixth singles to rally past Emory 5-3.
Reaching the 30-win plateau for the third consecutive season, Amherst (30-8) punched its ticket to a fourth national semifinal in five years and will face top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. Suffering just its second loss in the last 10 dual matches, Emory closed out the 2012-13 season with a 16-7 overall mark.
Staking the Eagles to an early edge, Ayush Bojoria and Jackson Isaacs made quick work of Amherst first-years Ben Fife and Andrew Yaraghi. Downing the Jeff duo 8-2 at second doubles, Emory’s tandem dealt the Purple & White rookies just their third loss of the season.
Will Adams and Eric Halpern followed suit with an 8-6 third doubles triumph against juniors Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel. Staving off a doubles sweep, the Jeffs’ Mark Kahan and Michael Solimano edged out Elliott Kahler and Ian Wagner in a tiebreak 9-8 (9-7).
Bouncing back in singles play, Yaraghi took the first set of his third singles match-up with Wagner 6-1. Finishing off his Eagle counterpart, he took the second 6-3 to pull Amherst even. Keeping Amherst rolling, Fritz notched identical 6-4 victories against Halpern at first singles to put the Jeffs on top.
Winning the first frame of his second singles match with Alex Ruderman 6-2, Kahan earned a hard-fought 7-5 triumph in the second set to inch Amherst closer to the win. Dropping the first set of his fourth singles match-up with Fife 6-3, Rafe Mosetick notched a 6-4 victory to force a third set. Needing a tiebreak to put the Fife away, Mosetick grinded out a 7-6 (7-3) win to keep Emory alive.
Overcoming a 6-1 first-set loss, Reindel made sure there was no Eagle comeback, shutting the door with 6-3 and 6-4 victories in the next two sets. Chris Dale led a closely contested No. 5 singles match with Kahler 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 3-2 at the time of completion.