Bison wrap up season with setback to #8 Amherst

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Nichols College men's tennis team saw their season come to an end with a 5-0 loss at the hands of No. 8-ranked Amherst College on Saturday afternoon in an NCAA Tournament Second Round matchup at the Bennington Tennis Center in Williamstown, Mass.
 
The Bison wrap up their season at 20-4 overall, while Amherst improves to 12-6 and advances to the Regional Final where they will take on the host No. 4 Williams College on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m.
 
"Very happy with how we competed today," said head coach Paul Brower. "We brought great energy top to bottom and fought for everything. Out doubles was strong and we certainly made them earn their money in singles."
 
"It is a solid way to end such a great season," added Brower. "We are all excited for next year as we return a great squad and welcome some talented first years to the team."
 
Amherst junior Jesse Levitin and first-year Sean Wei grabbed the first point of the day for the Mammoths with an 8-2 win at No. 3 doubles over sophomore Brandon Howard and junior Igor Markowski. Junior Zach Bessette and sophomore Jayson Fung followed with an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles over junior Blake Norton and freshman August Moeller, while sophomores Guilherme Barbosa and Peter Coletti dropped a hard-fought 8-5 decision to junior John Heidenberg and first-year Kevin Ma.
 
In singles play, Ma pushed the Amherst lead to 4-0 with a 6-1, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles, and Wei defeated Howard, 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. Norton and Bessette's match at No. 3 singles went unfinished with Bessette in front, 7-5, 1-1.
 
All-Time Series
Amherst and Nichols have met six times in program history and the Mammoths hold a 6-0 advantage in the series.