Yesterday the Bates tennis teams traveled to New London Connecticut to play the Camels of Conn College. The match started in the morning with the two women’s teams squaring off. With the courts still wet from rain the night before, the doubles started inside. 3rd doubles was first off as Jenna Burke and Jacqui Holmes cruised to an 8-2 win over Simba and Kalia of Conn. Kristen Doerer and Nicole Russell traded breaks back and forth on the slippery gymnasium surface but prevailed in the end winning their match at 2nd doubles 8-5. 1st doubles proved to be the trickiest affair. Ellie Mandzhukova and Ashley Brunk lost a 7-4 lead to Conn’s Cangem and Herbert, but maintained focus as they prevailed in a close tiebreaker for the final win of the doubles sweep, 9-8(6).
With the weather clearing, the Bobcats and Camels moved outside for singles. Bates continued to thrive as five of the six singles won their first sets. While Ellie, Jacqui, Nicole, and Kristen all capitalized on their first set wins, taking out their opponents in straight sets, Ashley and Audrey Grauer both split sets going the full distance. Audrey was able to come back from a set down to make her way to the super-breaker, and ultimately take out Cangem 3-6, 6-2, 10-4. Meanwhile, Ashley traded a quick first two sets with Conn’s Kriooshiti, winning the first 6-2 and dropping the second 0-6. In the third Ashley played gritty tennis fighting off numerous break points in a tense 12th game to finally take the third 7-5. Ashley’s win would complete the 9-0 sweep of the Camels by the Bobcats.
Following the women’s match, the men’s teams took the court. Starting with doubles the Bobcats took efficient care of the Camels; both 1st and 3rd doubles took out their opponents by the same score of 8-1. 2nd doubles had a little more trouble but Pierre and Timmy overcame an early break to beat Conn’s Cangelos and Suneb 8-5.
Up 3-0, the Bobcats surged ahead as the women did just dropping one of their singles matches on the way to victory. Timmy, Eric and Ben took out their opponents in straight sets at 3, 5 and 6 singles respectively. Rob also won in straight sets, but Suneb made the first set a tough affair as Rob only broke through in the 12th game. However, from that point on Rob cruised winning 7-5, 6-2. Bettles, playing at two singles also played a challenging set, ultimately winning in three by the score of 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Finally, last off was Henry Lee who battled through a tough match but fell to Kraiger of Conn 7-5, 6-4.