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May
09

Cats finish season with awards banquet

With the season unfortunately over, it was now time to remember and celebrate the good parts of the year during our team banquet. A local favorite, Gippers Sports Bar was a great place for us to get together one final time as a team. After some good food, Coach Gastonguay wanted to thank every Cat for the time and energy he or she put into the season. From the two a day practices in Florida back in February, to the 7:30am indoor practices the women had during the winter months, or the five matches in seven days the men had during April break. It was all hard work, but if you asked any of the Cats I’m sure they would say it was all worth it.

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Of course, the season could not have been what it was without the leadership of our seniors. All four have done so much to move the Bates Tennis program forward to the best it has ever been. On the women’s side, we have a great group of first years that now have the experience of a full NESCAC season under their belts as they go into their sophomore year. Joining those sophomores will be another talented recruiting class and they will all be led by a strong group of senior women. On the men’s side, the class of 2010 had five players in the top six of our lineup this year, and they will only continue to improve. Joining them will be several strong freshmen for next year that we expect to make an immediate impact.

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There were a couple of awards to be given away, an MVP and Bobcat award for each team. On the women’s side, Caryn received the MVP because of her leadership we have talked so much about, and for the level of play she was at during the final weeks of the season. She played one of the hardest schedules in the nation at the #1 spot, and she handled it with great maturity. Alex received the Bobcat Award because she has to be one of the most competitive players you will ever meet. During the sickness that hit both teams the weeks after our infamous bus breakdown trip, the women had a tough loss to Trinity. In that match, Alex played with what we would later find out was pneumonia. She not only played, but won in convincing fashion. It showed the heart she plays with every match, and we couldn’t ask for more from a Bobcat.

On the men’s side, Ben won the MVP after one of the most successful seasons in the history of the program. He was one of the only players in the NESCAC to play both one singles and one doubles, and will be representing Bates in both at the NCAA National Championships in Claremont, CA. It was an easy decision to award Max the Bobcat Award. The fight he showed in every match, never giving up and always finding a way is exactly what we want out of every member of the team. He has been our silent leader all year.

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A slideshow of all the pictures taken during the year was the last part of the banquet. The Cats hadn’t seen many of the pictures, so some were certainly a surprise. Most of the players got pretty tired of all the picture taking this season, but after the slideshow I think most of them felt it was worth it.

It is an exciting time for Bates Tennis and the expectations continue to rise every season, I know most of us can’t wait to get things going again in the fall.

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