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2010 Middlebury Invitational

Bobcat Semifinalists

The Bobcats kicked off the season at the Middlebury Invite this past weekend. Doubles was played first and was a good chance for the first-years to get their feet wet. In Flight B doubles, first-years Ben Bogard and Eric Ruta jumped a strong team from Skidmore 8-4 before losing to a team from Middlebury. Senior Sam Woods paired up with first-year Peter Yanofsky to win their first match 8-5 against Trinity before falling to a Middlebury pair. In Flight A doubles, Timmy Berg and Matt Bettles got off to a rough start in their first match, but fought back in their second match to beat Brandeis.

After a tough love speech from Coach Gastonguay, the Bobcats were determined to put up better results in singles. Ben Bogard responded by reaching the finals in Flight D. Bogard rolled through his first match before playing a Middlebury player in the second where he gutted out a 7-6(8), 3-6, 10-6 victory. He then played a member of the Middlebury pair that had knocked him out of doubles and got his vengeance beating Pat Knise 6-1 6-4. In the finals Bogard played his third Middlebury player Mike Malhame. Bogard played tough but in the end Malhame’s giant serve was too much and Bogard fell in the final 6-2 7-6(4)

 In Flight A, Matt Bettles rolled through opponents to reach the semifinals (including a top Middlebury player). In the semis he played a good match but fell to eventual champion Andy Peters. Rob Crampton was the other Bobcat representing Bates in the A Flight, and he showed everyone the grittiness that defines Bates tennis players. In the first round Rob faced Derrick Angle from Middlebury. After dropping the first set, He battled to win the second set and then out toughed his opponent to win a super tie-breaker for the third set. In his second round, Rob faced Nick White from Brandeis, the #2 seed in the draw. Rob got off to a slow start and found himself down a quick set 6-2. He then upped his play and pulled off the upset again winning the third set in a clutch super-tiebreaker. In the semifinals Rob faced Rich Bonfiglio from Trinity. Unfortunately, Rob sustained an injury to his serving arm and had to retire early in the first set.

Other results for the Bobcats included Timmy Berg, Eric Ruta, and Dylan Reffe who all finished 1-1 at their respective flights. Overall it was a strong showing for the Bobcats and the team will be working hard to prepare for the ITA tournament in the coming weeks.

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