Archive for March, 2009



15
Mar
09

men pass test at MIt

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It was the men’s turn to travel to Boston on March 6th to take on MIT. The bubble was a little friendlier for the men than it was for the women, with the Cat’s getting the victory 7-2. We started off strong in the doubles, with wins from #2 and #3. Jeff and Fenno at #3 played exceptional and never really let their opponents in the match, winning 8-5. It was a little tougher for Max and Ryan at #2, taking it 8-6. It was a back and forth contest, with the guys staying mentally tough when serving it out at 7-6. Even though we were up 2-1 after the doubles, the focus of the singles was to play every ball, every point as hard as we could and the score would take care of itself. We could only control the effort, not the outcome. Fortunately the score went in our favor.

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Ben and Amrit, playing #1 and #2 respectively, had some big hitters ahead of them. Both weathered early breaks of serve and came back to win the first set. While they were battling it out in long first sets, Max and Reiss were frustrating their opponents. Max did it through steady play, retrieving big shots from his opponent time and time again until the Engineer finally made an error. Reiss took it to his opponent by ripping winners from all angles of the court, both inside out and down the line. Once Stein and Amrit got rolling, the second sets were a little bit easier, with both guys coming off with convincing victories.

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The match had already been decided when Ryan stepped on the court, but no one must have told him. He played his best tennis of the short season, winning 1,1. I’m not sure if he was impressed with his shot making, but the rest of his teammates were. After waiting over an hour, it was Fenno’s turn to take the court at #6. The first set was extremely competitive, with some great points. Eventually they headed into a tiebreak, with Fenno coming within inches of winning it. After the first set, Fenno’s opponent was on fire, and played outstanding tennis. Even being down 5-0 in the second, Zach continued to fight for every point, just like we talked about a few hours before. Even though he lost, Zach made the biggest impact of the match. He showed what kind of personality this team is going to have all season, one that never gives up and will work harder than the opponent on every point. The Cat’s were back on the court at home this past Thursday against Babson, then on the road to play NESCAC rival Middlebury on Sunday. 

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15
Mar
09

women open home season with convincing win

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The women got back on winning track this past Saturday against Mt. Holyoke. They started it off with great doubles, winning all three. Then on to singles, where Caryn once again played solid tennis, winning 6-4, 6-1. Alex showed the toughness we all expect out of her coming back from down 5-0 in the second set to win it in a tiebreak. She held off several match points in a great set of tennis at #2 singles. Unfortunately, she ran out of gas in the third after expending so much energy in the second. Meg fought past a tough opponent to win a long three setter that clinched the match for the Cats. Brooke was on and off the court in no time, winning 6-1, 6-3. Erika didn’t want to let her doubles partner show her up, winning her match 6-1, 6-0. As the rest of the team watched on, Jean played well enough to win the first set against a very solid opponent, then picked up her level of play and finished it with a great second set. Overall, it was a solid performance from the women. We have a tough week of practice ahead of us, but it should prepare us well to play one of the top teams in the nation on Sunday at Middlebury.

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The Cats would like to thank all the parents who made it to campus for the match; it was great to have such an enthusiastic crowd. Also, something we will be doing here on the blog for home matches is “FAN OF THE MATCH.” The first recipient is senior Lexy Smith, who stayed through both the doubles and first round of singles matches. 

06
Mar
09

Women visit MIT

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After a great trip to Florida and a strong week of practice, the women traveled to Boston to face MIT. The Engineers are one of the top teams in the Northeast region and have the third ranked female in the region as well. The Cats knew this would be a tough test but were looking forward to getting back to D3 competition. Although we entered the MIT bubble as the visitors on Saturday morning, we still had strong support from several parents and alums, which always makes us feel more comfortable when away from Bates.

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We started off with doubles, Caryn and Alex at #1, Erika and Brooke at #2, and Meg and Jean at #3. While our #1 and #3 teams fought hard after getting down early, Brooke and Erika were able to get up a break at the beginning of the match against their opponents. Continuing to play aggressive and confident doubles, they were able to get us our first point. Even though we lost two of the doubles matches, all the teams did exactly what we had practiced on during the week. Each pair played the ball cross court until they could put it away through the middle and the net man constantly moved their feet in hopes of crossing to volley the ball away.

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The first four singles matches went on after the doubles, with Caryn playing very well against her tough opponent. She had the lead in the second set, but her opponent picked up her level of play and was able to find a way to pull out the match. Alex at #2 was striking the ball well but ran into a girl who was in top form and was just never able to get anything going until late in the match. Meg played the best tennis of her short season, but couldn’t find a way to get past the strong defensive lobs of her opponent. Brooke, playing at #4, showed true determination to do whatever it took to frustrate her opponent through a long 3 set match. After losing the first set, she dominated with short chips and great variety in the second. In the third set, where conditioning and mental strength play a huge part in winning and losing, Brooke was ready for the moment and got the Cats’ their second point of the match. Erika and Jean, who had to wait over an hour to get on court, competed hard even though the team match had already been decided shortly after they started. It’s not always easy to stay motivated, but both played as if their outcome decided whether the team won or lost.serve

 

The Cats were able to quickly smile again after the loss, as it was time to celebrate Meg’s birthday. Meg’s parents were nice enough to bring lunch and cake for the team, which was happily accepted after a 4 hour match. Even though it’s never fun to lose, the team was able to learn a lot from the MIT match. Everyone is already playing much better than they were in fall. We were in every match against a solid team, and if we can find a way to win a few more points at big moments, the match could have been different. The women are excited to get back on the court for practice this week in preparation for the first home match on Saturday against Mt. Holyoke.

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04
Mar
09

Meet the bobcats-Mike Sherman

Here is the interview with senior Mike Sherman:

1. Where are you from and where did you go to high school?

Huntington, New York, Huntington High School

2. What is your major and what has been your favorite class at Bates?

I am an economics major, my favorite class at Bates was my short term class Methodology of Coaching with Coach Purgavie.

3. What are your plans for next year after college?

For the summer I will be the Head Tennis pro at the Huntington Country Club, and time will tell after that.

4. What has been you favorite tennis team moment so far?

My favorite tennis team moments include making it to the NCAA ‘regionals my freshman year, and being a part of Benny and Amrit’s run at nationals last year

5. What is your favorite Commons’ meal?

Anything my teammates wont put on their plate.

6. What do you hope for the team to accomplish this year?

Our Team WILL make it to the Final 8 in California this year, This is Ben and My last chance and this is our year.

7. Yankees or Red Sox?

Mets

8. What is your favorite movie?

Babel

9. Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

Merrill Gym on the tennis court.

10. Are you a dog or cat person?

No preference.

04
Mar
09

Meet the bobcats-Taylor Smith

We are continuing to feature a couple of our players in the “Meet the Bobcats” portion of the blog this week. During our Tampa trip you had a chance to get to know two of the freshman, today it is the upper class man’s turn.  Here is the interview with  junior Taylor Smith.

1. Where are you from and where did you go to high school?

I am from Larchmont, NY and I went to Mamaroneck High School.

2. What is your major and what has been your favorite class at Bates?

I am a Chinese, English double major and the best class I’ve taken at Bates was “Intro to Poetry Writing.”

3. Do you have any idea what you will be doing your thesis on next year?

Um, thesis, that’s a good question. I should probably start thinking about that (My dream is to write about Harry Potter for my English thesis, but maybe it’s time to get realistic.)

4. What has been you favorite tennis team moment so far?

It would have to be the mixed doubles we did during practice in Florida. Amrit was the best doubles partner ever! All I had to do was cheer and watch him ace the other team.

5. What is your favorite Commons’ meal?

Asian noodles by the salad bar and anything with ketchup on it.

6. What do you hope for the team to accomplish this year?

I hope the team works really hard at every practice and in every match, and I want us to have fun doing it.

7. Yankees or Red Sox?

Who do you think I am? YANKEES!

8. What is your favorite movie?

It’s a tie between Kung Fu Panda and The Godfather(#1).

9. Where is your favorite place to study on campus?

The tables by the copy machines in the Library, (that’s where all the international kids hang out…they do my Chinese homework for me.)

10. Are you a dog or cat person?

Well, if I get within ten feet of a cat I break out in hives, so I’m gonna go with dog.

01
Mar
09

Tampa- Final Day

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As the Cats sit in the Tampa airport on a Monday afternoon awaiting the departure of a plane that will take us into a white, snowy Maine, it is easy for everyone to reflect on the past week, maybe even easier for a coach. This trip is very important to the success of our season, and getting the most out of the players on the court was a main focus. But it wasn’t the tennis portion of the trip that will push us to achieve our highest goals. The bonding within each team and between them that occurs when 22 people live in a house together for a week is invaluable. This bonding is not like running sprints or hitting forehands, it cannot be created by a coach’s game plan.

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The relationships are shaped through long van rides to Eckerd to see the men get their first win of the season. They are formed while exploring for a Cold Stone that is miles away, only to learn it is no longer open to serve the frozen treats we desired. They are created by Elizabeth convincing everyone they should cheer for the Louisville basketball team even though most of us have never even been there. It is easy for a team to come together when almost everyone joined Reiss in the pool for his rehab, or when Sangita finds a way to beat all the guys in a game of HORSE. It was Oscar watching, study sessions, and ice cream sandwich challenges. It was pasta cooking, Publix shopping, and poolside tanning. It was an extra warm pita at Pita’s Republic, empanadas at Cuban Breezes, and a long late night breakfast at Denny’s. Lastly, it happens while putting up with having your picture taken during almost every activity.

 

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These moments not only helped bring the Cats together, but will also be what they remember about the trip for many years to come. For the freshmen, this was their first time and can look forward to the trips they have in the future. For our seniors, this experience is like nothing they will have after graduation. Fully appreciating this journey that is Bates Tennis will not be realized well after that final day in June.  The best thing about the Cats’ Tampa trip is that we have a full season ahead of us; full of surprises, long three setters, and nervous points. We have a lot of work to do to reach the goals we set before the season. Nothing will come easy for us, but that is just fine for the Cats because we are prepared to enjoy the struggle. It is going to be quite a journey, feel free to come along for the ride. 

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