Men's tennis dominates Dutchmen Invite, winning four flights

Sam Farber '20 (Josh McKee photo)
Sam Farber '20 (Josh McKee photo)

The Hamilton College Continentals won four of six flights at Union College's 2019 Dutchmen Men's Tennis Invitational on Sept. 14 and 15. The Continentals faced off against St. Lawrence University, SUNY Oneonta and Union.

Rob Dotterer '21 was the "A" flight singles champion and Adam Dietz '23 brought home the "C" singles title. In doubles action, Sam Farber '20 and Eric Stein '23 teamed up for the "A" championship and Joe Reiner '22 and Ronnak Saxena '23 won the "B" flight.

Dotterer defeated Marco Ammirati of Oneonta 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and then Union's Giannos Binopoulos 6-2, 6-4. He won the opening set in the final 6-2 before Nico Haet from St. Lawrence posted a 4-6 win in set two. Dotterer won the third set super-tiebreaker 10-6 for the title. Farber also had success in "A" singles, posting an 8-6 win against Binopoulos in the third place matchup.

Hamilton classmates Dietz and Saxena dueled in the "C" flight final. Dietz arrived at the final by first taking down Thomas McGuire from Union 1-6, 6-3, (10-7), and then dominating Oneonta's Riley Smith 6-3, 6-1. Saxena maneuvered his way to the final with a convincing 6-2, 6-1 win over St. Lawrence's Aman Tavana in the first round. He edged August Lepique from Oneonta 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the semis. Saxena retired from the title match midway through the second set after Dietz won the first set, 7-5.

Hamilton won 10 of 12 of its doubles matches as the Continentals finished first and fifth in "A" flight and both pairs reached the "B" flight final.

The Continentals have some down time before they compete at the ITA Northeast Regional Championships from Sept. 27 through Sept. 29. The event is hosted by Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y.