06
May
13

Bates takes down Wesleyan in first round of NESCACs

Today the Bates Bobcats played the Wesleyan Cardinals in the first round of the NESCAC tournament at Amherst College. The early morning doubles point proved to be a good indicator of how tight the match would be. In first doubles, Rob and Matt broke early but would struggle after going down 5-2 to Brint and Rudovsky of Weslyan. However, the Bates pair would eventually pull it together and take the first point 8-6. Down 1-0 the Cardinals would strike back as Legunn and King took the 8-4 decision to even the score. As second doubles finished, Reffe and Yanofsky fought off a triple match point to take Wesleyan’s Monk and Suh to a tiebreaker. With the breaker score tied at five a piece Dylan and Peter came up with two huge points putting the Bobcats up 2-1.

Moving onto singles, the Cardinals and Bobcats began a two and a half hour marathon that would come down to two matches. The first points off were one and four singles, Pierre, hampered by a slight injury fought hard but fell 6-4, 6-1 to Legunn. At one singles Rob stormed through Wesleyan’s Monk, winning 6-1 6-4. With Bates up a point Wesleyan would strike back as Hudson would take down Ben with a 6-2 6-2 win. Dylan was the next to finish, down a set and a break he came all the way back against Brint, to take the 2-6, 7-5, 6-0 win. With the 4-3 lead and Bettles locked in a third set with King, Timmy came up with the final break to win his third set and the decision 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

With the win, the Bobcats clinched a place in the NESCAC semifinals where they will play the top seeded Amherst Lord Jeffs. The match will be at Amherst and start at 9am tomorrow morning, Saturday May 4th.

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