On Wednesday the Bates mens tennis team traveled to Cambridge Massachusettes to play the MIT Engineers. Missing their top player, Rob Crampton, the Bobcats fought hard but in the end fell to the engineers 6-3. After doubles, the Bobcats had taken a 2-1 lead over MIT. At one doubles Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche remained perfect on the season, destroying MIT’s Zhang and Wu 8-1. At two doubles Matt Bettles and Henry Lee capitalized on the early break holding their way to an 8-6 victory over Skalak and Pang of MIT. Meanwhile, down an early break against the pairing of Oh and Wang, Peter Yanosky and Ben Bogard were unable to overcome MIT pairing, losing the match 8-5 to wrap up the doubles action. Despite the success in doubles, the Bobcats would struggle in singles without Rob. MIT would win 5 of 6 singles on their way to the 6-3 victory. Henry Lee was the first off, as despite a hard fought second set, he fell 6-1, 7-5 to Oh of MIT. Next off was Matt Bettles, who lost to Zhang 6-4, 6-2. Both Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche would fight hard in 3-hour long matches but both would eventually fall in three sets. Ben Bogard would provide Bates with its final victory, coming off with a 6-2 7-5 win over Wu of MIT. Freshman Andrew Salvador played hard but fell in his first appearance for Bates losing 6-2, 6-1 to Skalak at 6 singles.
The Bobcats next match will be at home, as the Women take on Babson at the Merrill athletic center on Friday March 8th at 330pm.