Amherst blows past Vassar
Lord Jeffs advance to quarterfinals with 16th win in a row
AMHERST, Mass. -- Amherst punched its ticket to the NCAA Division III Championship quarterfinals with a dominant 5-0 win against Vassar on Sunday.
Amherst (31-2) increased its win streak to 16 consecutive matches by defeating Vassar for the second time this season, as the Lord Jeffs earned a victory in the regional finals for the fourth consecutive year. The Brewers closed their season at 15-11.
The top doubles bout featured a matchup of the two highest ranked pairs in the Northeast, but Amherst’s Austin Chafetz and Luis Rattenhuber put in one of their best performances of the season en route to a dominant 8-0 win against Andrew Guzick and Ben Guzick. The Guzick brothers began the weekend ranked sixth nationally, but the Lord Jeff duo was zoned in and improved its record to 11-1.
Amherst was equally dominant in the second doubles flight, as Mark Kahan and Andrew Jung didn’t surrender a point to Dan Freeman and Josh Kessler. The Lord Jeffs nearly pulled off an incredible sweep without allowing a point in any doubles match, but Nick Jasso and Wilson Platt managed to get on the scoreboard during an 8-1 loss to Wes Waterman and Chris Dale at number three.
Jung made quick work of Platt with a 6-1, 6-0 victory in the fifth singles flight, and Rattenhuber soon followed by defeating Freeman at No. 3 (6-2, 6-1). The Lord Jeffs were also on the verge of winning the second, fourth and sixth flights, while Kahan and Andrew Guzick were in the middle of a battle between two of the best players in the region in the top spot.