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men’s 2010 season preview

The Cat’s come into the 2010 season with a lot of familiar faces and a couple of fresh ones. They also enter the spring with an expectation to finish with a higher ranking than the 6th place in NESCAC and 23rd nationally they received last year.  The men are ranked 20th in the nation and open the season this Saturday, Feb 27, with two matches. The first match being at 10am against USM and the second is against MIT at 3pm in Merrill Gym. Another key weekend for the Bobcats is when they travel to Ohio to face three teams in the top of the Central region rankings, Case Western, Denison, and Kenyon. That trip will take place March 26-28. The men must also travel to Bowdoin this year for their annual showdown with the rival Polar Bears on April 30th. Full schedule can be found if you scroll down on the blog.

The Cats are lead by three senior captains (pictured), Max Berger from Concord, NH, Mike Reiss from Rockville Centre, NY, and Zach Fenno from Armonk, NY. They have been instrumental in challenging the team throughout the offseason to work harder than ever before and will continue to demand excellence from their teammates in the classroom and on the court. Joining the three of them are two more seniors. Ryan Mannelly from New Canaan, CT and three time All-American and 2009 NCAA Doubles National Champion Amrit Rupasinghe of Colombo, Sri Lanka. Sam Woods from Cambridge, NY is the only junior and hopes to impact the line-up after an injury plagued sophomore season. Jeff Beaton, a sophomore from Haverhill, MA played #3 doubles last season and with the improvement he has shown from his training in the summer and fall will look to continue to score points for the Cats.

The new faces I spoke of earlier are Kyle DeSisto of Cohasset, MA, Rob Crampton of Wilton, CT, Dylan Reffe of Washington, DC, and Matt Bettles of Taunton, England. Coming in, the coaches knew about Kyle’s athleticism, but his serve and openness to coaching have everyone excited about his future as a Bobcat. Rob came to Bates with a solid New England ranking but fought injuries for much of 2009. He is finally healthy and ready to show what he can do against our NESCAC foes. Dylan, a walk-on, has been a pleasant surprise for the Cats. His work ethic, willingness to do whatever the team needs, and his consistency from all over the court has raised the level of play for anyone he hits against. Matt has come all the way across the pond to help take this program to the next level. A crafty lefty, Matt has some of the best shot making ability on the team.  Adding these four young men to a team that already has so much experience should be a recipe for success.

This should be a great year for the Cats and we hope you join us throughout the spring. If you can’t make it on campus to see us live, make sure to follow us right here on the team blog all season.

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