LA HABRA, Calif. -- Amherst cruised to a 9-0 sweep against Hope International on Monday before dropping a 5-4 decision to Concordia (Calif.), and finished the afternoon with a 5-4 win against Vanguard during Day 1 of competition in California.
In the first match of the day, Amherst cruised to a 9-0 sweep against Hope International. In doubles action, Eli Mlaver and Philip Qu earned an 8-2 win on the No. 1 court while Birk Mitau and Sam Silver edged their opponents 9-7 on the No. 2 court and Brenton Arnaboldi and Karan Bains won 8-5 from the No. 3 spot.
The Jeffs handled their opponents in singles play. Andrew Yaraghi won in the top position with scores of 6-2, 6-1. Arnabolid swept his competition on the No. 3 court and Mlaver earned a 6-0 win in the first set and closed it out with a 6-4 set two win from the No. 4 spot. Qu earned wins of 6-1, 6-1 from the No. 5 position and Silver cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win on the No. 6 court to round out the top performances.
The Jeffs dropped its second match of the day to Concordia, 5-4. In doubles action, Justin Hendrix and Sean Rodriguez picked up the lone Amherst win on the No. 2 court with an 8-6 victory.
The duo also picked up wins in singles play from the No. 5 and No. 6 spots. Rodriguez defeated his opponent 6-3, 6-4 in the five position and Hendrix won 6-2, 6-3 on the No. 6 court. Russell Einbinder picked up another Jeff win. Playing on the No. 4 court, he won 6-1 before dropping set two 6-2. He closed out the match with a 6-3 win in set three.
The Jeffs closed out the day by edging Vanguard, 5-4. In doubles play, Chris Dale and Andrew Scheiner earned the only Jeff win with an 8-4 decision.
Amherst excelled in singles action, earning wins from the Nos. 2, 3, 4 and 6 courts. Dale added another win on the day from the No. 2 spot, edging his competition 7-6 (6), 6-4. Anton Zykov and Justin Reindel claimed the third and fourth courts, respectively. Zykov defeated his opponent 6-2, 6-4 and Reindel won 6-4, 6-3. Scheiner grabbed his second win of the afternoon from the No. 6 position. After falling 6-3 in the first set, he rattles off wins of 6-2 and 6-1.