Last weekend the Bates men’s tennis team was in action at the Middlebury Invitation capturing three titles. This Friday, Bates traveled to Massachusetts to play a dual match against the Babson Beavers. The late afternoon match was played just passed decision as Bates prevailed 6-2, with one match being suspended because of darkness.
Bates started strong, pulling away in two and three doubles and then completed the 3-0 sweep with a tight win at one. The pairing of Pierre Planche and Peter Yanofsky took out Babson’s Victor Yu and Simeon Human 8-4. Peter and Pierre’s big serves and returns resulted in a mid-set break which allowed them to pull away for the 1-0 lead. Meanwhile Dylan Reffe and Henry Lee played a much craftier style breaking several times as a result of some stunning defense and reaction volleys. Clinching just after Peter and Pierre, Dylan and Henry gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. In contrast, the pairing of Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles played Roberto Perez and Ramone Doyley who took the All Americans to a pro-set-tiebreaker. However, the experience of the gritty seniors helped them prevailed over the hot-hitting freshman 9-8.
With the 3-0 lead Bates started their singles against the Beavers. While only one Bates player lost a first set, the Bobcats still faced tough competition throughout, seeing two matches going to three sets. Off first was Peter Yanofsky who lost a well fought match 6-3, 6-2 to Victor Yu at four singles. Peter was able to break at the end of both sets and nearly engineered a stunning comeback but was derailed by Yu’s tough play. With Bates’ lead down to 3-1 next off was Henry Lee at five singles. Henry won a decisive 6-3 6-2 over Dayim Garcia to put the Bobcats up 4-1 and only a point away from the win. Pierre Planche would clinch for the Bobcats at three singles. Off after Henry, Pierre scored a tough 7-5 6-3 win over the hard hitting Babson Freshman Ramon Doyley. Finishing at around the same time, was Bobcat Eric Ruta. Eric played well but ended up losing a long and hard fought 3-6 6-1 10-8 decision to Roy Murdock at six singles. With that loss, the Bobcats were up 5-2. Meanwhile Rob had moved into a third set-super breaker. Having taken the first set easily 6-2, Rob’s opponent, Babson’s Roberto Perez cruised to take the second set 6-2 to even the match. After both players gave up 2 point leads in the breaker Rob hunkered down a found a way to win taking the breaker 12-10 in the last moments of daylight. Unfortunately, shortly after the end of Rob’s match, Matt and his opponent were forced to suspend their match due to lack of daylight. Matt took the first set 6-4 and was on serve at 4-4 in the second when play was suspended. While Babson’s Isaac Thylen was a feisty competitor with a tough grinding style Bettles had the match well in hand and was on the verge of the victory.
Next Weekend the Bobcats take their tennis on the road to the ITA tournament at Williams College.