Amherst's Rattenhuber & Chafetz in NCAA Doubles Semifinals
CARY, N.C. – Day two of the NCAA men's tennis individual championships at the Cary Tennis Center in Cary, N.C. proved to be a bit rocky for the players from NESCAC teams.
Of the four individuals that had advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles tournament following Thursday, all four fell in competition on Friday.
Emory's Dillon Pottish proved to be the biggest nemesis of conference players on Friday. After dispatching Amherst's Luis Rattenhuber in the quarterfinals, 6-1, 6-3, Pottish quickly moved past Bates' Rob Crampton in the semifinals, 6-1, 6-0.
Earlier in the day, Crampton had battled past NESCAC Player of the Year Felix Sun from Williams, 6-3, 7-5.
Amherst's Mark Kahan bowed out in the quarterfinals, falling to Nicholas Ballou of Cal Lutheran, 5-7, 2-6. Ballou advanced out of the semifinals and will face Pottish for the 2012 individual crown.
The doubles championship saw 1-of-2 conference pairs make it to Saturday's semifinals. Rattenhuber and Chafetz of Amherst had a bit more luck against Ballou and his Cal Lutheran teammate, Ray Worley, as the Jeffs' duo moved on with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. They will now face Warren Elgort and Jacob Barnaby from Johns Hopkins in Saturday's semifinals. The winning team will play later on Saturday for the national championship.
Bates' Crampton and partner Matt Bettles didn't fare as well as their Amherst counterparts, coming up short in the quarterfinals to Amrik Donkena/Mya Smith-Dennis of Gustavus Adolphus, 1-6, 6-7 (6-8).