A few years ago, I remember walking into Central Park for Boys Sectionals and one of the first things I saw was Matt Kandath, Derrick Angle and Bryan Chow walking together. Of course, one of the last things I saw that year was Bryan Chow, Derrick Angle and Matt Kandath because they were the top three players in the area. During their High School careers they represented the area well at states with Matt winning singles at states twice which I was lucky enough to see as both a spectator and as his high school coach. Derrick was able to win the backdraw, after getting a tough first round matchup. He followed up in his senior year with a good run in the main draw. Bryan teamed with Chris Frost to make it to the semi finals in doubles in one of the craziest years at states. Rain caused the matches to be backed up so much that they did not play the first day and the doubles teams had to leave for their matches on the second day at 5:00 in the morning. These players are now playing college tennis. Derrick and Chris are playing at Middlebury College in Vermont, Bryan is playing at Williams College in Massachusetts and Matt is at Stanford.
We start our update at Middlebury College. Chris Frost is an incoming Freshman, while Derrick is a Senior. Last year Middlebury was ranked as high as #1 in the country. They finished they year ranked #9 nationally and #3 in the Northeast – in Division III. Derrick was tied for 30th in singles in the Northeast and, along with partner Michael Malhame of Douglaston, NY 16th in doubles. The season started with the Middlebury Invitational. Derrick played in the “A” Flight and started out with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Skidmore’s Luke Granger. Next up was fellow Middlebury Panther Brantner Jones. Branter won 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. Chris Frost was the #2 seed in the “D” Flight. He had a first round bye which he followed up with a second round win over Max Bevan of Skidmore (3-6, 6-4, 10-6). Then it was a 6-0, 6-2 win over Dylan Reffe of Bates before losing 4-6, 6-2, 10-8 in the finals to David Myers of Trinity.In the “A” Flight doubles Derrick teamed with Alec Parrower. They had wins over Jimmy Newton and David Anderson of Ithaca (8-1); Matt Bettles and Timmy Berg of Bates (8-6); Jimmy Sherpa and Alec Hoblitzell of Skidmore (8-6) before losing in the finals to teammates Andrew Lebovitz and Brantner Jones 8-2. Chris Frost teamed with Peter Heidrich in the “B” Flight doubles. They lost Gabe Steerman and Danny Knight of Skidmore 8-5. In the ITA Regionals at Williams College Derrick again drew a seed, but this time it was the top seed Felix Sun of Williams. Sun won 6-3, 6-3. In the doubles, Angle and Parrower started out with an 8-3 win over Danny Sharon & Ned Terrace of Wheaton. They took out Will Petrie and Kevin Shallcross of Williams 8-6 next and Matt Caroll / Jack Bryant of Colby Sawyer 8-3. Then they lost again to Felix Sun and partner Matt Michelli.
The ITA Regional doubles was won by Bryan Chow and Williams teammate Trey Meyer. They beat Jonathan Cypers and Justin Reindell of Amherst 8-2; Blake Maurer and Chris Hoffman of the United States Coast Guard Academy 8-6; Matt Bettles and Timmy Berg of Bates 8-6; Andrew Lebovitz and Brantner Jones of Middlebury – the top seeds – by a score of 8-2 and in the finals – Sun and Michelli 8-4. The 5-8 seeds were block seeded (they are all ranked 5-8 instead of one being 5, one being 6, etc). Angle/Parrower & Bettles/Berg were seeded 5-8. Chow and Meyer were seeded 4th. In the singles, Bryan played Ben Barad of Tufts in the first round and came away with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. Jugal Marfatia of Trinity was Bryan’s next victim. Bryan won that match 6-3, 6-1. He lost in the third round to a 9-16 seed – Timmy Berg of Bates – by a 7-6 (2), 6-4 score. Williams also played two matches beating MIT and Wesleyan both by 8-1 scores. In the MIT match Bryan played at #4 and beat Larry Pang 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and in doubles he paired with Richard Meyer for a 8-3 win over Matthew Skalak and Edwin Zhang. In the Wesleyan match Bryan beat Alex Hirsch 6-2, 6-1 and teamed with Meyer again to beat Jeff Legunn and Stephen Monk 8-1. Next up is next weekends Dartmouth Shootout.
Out west, Stanford is coming off a season that saw them ranked #7 in Division I at year end. The Stanford season starts Monday with the ITA All American Championships, then moves on to the Battle of the Bay Classic the following week, followed by the ITA Northwest Regional Championships. Check back for results. We will be doing a Kandath College Tennis update soon featuring Matt Kandath (Stanford Men’s tennis) and Sarah Kandath (Brown University Women’s tennis).