May 9, 2009
WILLIAMSTOWN, MA-Seventh-ranked Williams had just a little too much for the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's men's tennis team in the second round of NCAA Division III Tournament at the Torrence M. Hunt Tournament Courts Saturday.
The host Ephs won two close doubles matches, swept the doubles, and went on to record a 5-0 victory.
The Corsairs lost a pair of tough matches at the number one and number two positions. At second doubles, Nick Lebedoff and Will Petrie edged sophomore Mason Viau (Marion, MA/Bishop Hendricken HS/Connecticut) and senior Christoph Forster (Reading, MA/Reading HS), 8-6. Williams also won at number one, with Dicken Chaplin and Bret Thacher defeating UMD freshmen Troy Pandolfi (Danbury, CT/Danbury HS) and Karsten Rathlev (Winchester, MA/Winchester HS), also by an 8-6 score. At number three, Jeremy Weinberger and Kevin Shallcross defeated junior Ken Sims (Chelmsford, MA/Chelmsford HS) and freshman Brian Lui (Medfield, MA/Medfield HS), 8-3.
The Ephs then clinched the decision, getting a 6-0, 6-0 win at number four from Petrie, who defeated freshman Zach Engstrom (Taunton, MA/Taunton HS). Shallcross defeated Sims at number five, 6-0, 6-0.
"We played very well in doubles, and we could very easily have won two of the doubles matches," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Tom Mendell. "Troy and Karsten played super against a very experienced team. The matches at number one and number two doubles could have gone either way. They were long matches, and being down, 3-0, after the doubles put us in a tough position."
Williams, a semi-final round victim in the New England Small College Athletic Conference Tournament, is now one match away from advancing to the NCAA's final eight. "I completely understand why they are ranked as high as they are," said Mendell. "Being that this was the first time we were in a situation like this, we gained a little respect from the teams that are here every year. People were talking about our team, and saying that they didn't expect us to be as good as we were. I don't like to end the season on a loss, but I couldn't be happier about the way we played this season."
UMass Dartmouth dropped to 13-2 with the defeat, while Williams improved to 13-5 with the victory. The Ephs will face either Bowdoin or Vassar in the championship match Sunday at 3:00 p.m. The match was the final competition of the season for the Corsairs.
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