Archive for October, 2010


Alumni Match

When: 9 AM Saturday, October 30

 Where: Indoor Merrill Courts 

 Format: Davis/Federation Cup

 Alums will be matched up with a current Bates player against another team. They will play a doubles match and then break off into two singles matches. Whichever team wins two of three advances. All matches will be one shortened set. Prizes will be awarded for champions, and ultimate losers. Bring your A game and come join us.

 How to sign up:

Email Coach Gastonguay

or Assistant Coach Janssen

Late entrants will be accepted the morning of the event and can be registered inside Merrill.




This past weekend the women’s team took a trip to Amherst for the 2010 NEWITT (New England Women’s Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament) Invitational. In the unique NEWITT format, three points are up for grabs in each round. Players are paired up with a partner against another pairing. The two teams compete in a pro-set doubles match, and then break up for a pair of singles matches. The team to earn at least two of the three points advances in the bracket.

Play started in the Gail Smith A Flight.  Bates #1 team Jacqui Holmes and Jenna Burke took on Simmons #1 team Maile MacLead and Allison Bodek. It was the first match of the day and what an exciting one it was. Starting down a break, the Bobcats quickly broke back to take a lead. Then two games later the Bobcats were down a break. At the next change over the girls committed to crashing the net and poaching off good returns which allowed them to take the lead back. Simmons fought back hard and after an hour of play the set was deadlocked 8-8 forcing a tie-breaker. The Bobcats fought hard and pulled out the nail biter 7-4. In singles Jenna played Allison Bodek. Many of the games went to deuce but Jenna couldn’t capitalize and found herself in a big hole down 7-1. At a point where many would give up Jenna dug in. She refused to miss and clawed her way back to 7-4. At this point there was another long game and Bodek was able to pull one out to take the victory 8-4 and even the match score at 1-1. Jacqui played Maile MacLead for the final point. She played solid tennis and out toughed her opponent for the 8-2 victory and the Bobcat duo advanced to the second round.

In their second round match Holmes and Burke were matched up against Williams pairing Kathleen Elkins and Caroline Capute fresh off a team national championship from last year. In doubles the Bobcats fell 8-0 but the score didn’t tell the story of what happened. Every game was close with both teams having plenty of chances. The Bobcats played great doubles and though they came up short, had nothing to hang their heads about. Singles followed and it was more of the same from doubles. Jenna and Jacqui played well, but the Williams team had more experience and willed themselves to the victory winning the team match 3-0 and sending the Bobcats to the feed-in 2nd round consolation.

In their final match against Amherst pairing Slutsky and King, the Bobcats came to play. Amherst had just finished 2nd in the nation and are right on par with Williams. In doubles the Bobcats competed well and were able to take advantage of their opportunities better than before. In the end the experienced Amherst team pulled off an 8-4 win but it was a moral victory for Jacqui and Jenna because they played better each match and learned that they can hang with the best in the country.

The Bobcats second pairing Ashley Brunk and Kristen Doerer also competed in the A Flight. Their first match was against Wheaton College’s #2 team. Battling against nerves as well as their opponents the duo got down early. They stepped up their play later but the deficit was too large and they fell 8-4. In singles, Ashley played a crafty left-hander. She was very consistent and ended up downing Brunk 8-1. Kristen played another first-year in her match. This being her first match of the year, Kristen was a little tentative and couldn’t find her groove right away. She competed well, attacking the net on short balls but made too many errors and lost the match 8-4.

In their consolation match, the Bobcats played the #1 pair from Connecticut College. The Bobcats released the nerves from the previous day and played much better. Kristen was an animal at the net poaching at any opportunity and burying overheads. Ashley hit powerfully from the baseline and it was nice to see the Bobcats back in form. However, the Connecticut College team was no pushover. Dealing with 25mph winds, both teams had trouble holding serve and every game was up for grabs. After an hour of play the teams were tied 8-8. In the tie-breaker the Bobcats got down early and never recovered losing the breaker 7-4. In singles Brunk played another very crafty player who mixed up slice and seemed to thrive in the wind. Ashley’s powerful ground game couldn’t match her opponents consistency and she fell 6-3 6-1. In Kristen’s match she played a teammate from high school that had played #1 while Kristen was there. Starting off she was at a mental disadvantage and lost the first set 6-2. After the set she calmed down and changed her game plan to a smarter, controlled attacking game and it paid off. She fought for every point giving nothing away for free and took the second set 6-4. The third set tie-breaker was all Kristen. Winning the second set gave her the confidence she needed as she trusted her game plan and won the breaker 10-3.

In the Chris Davis B Flight, Olivia Kronemeyer and Adrienne Jaeger represented the Bobcats. In their first round they played the #1 team from Curry. As with the other first rounds, there were some early nerves in this match. Both teams had trouble holding serve and the scores were tied at 4-4 after this first half of the set. Then the Bobcats settled down and began to execute their aggressive style at the net. They won 4 of the next 5 games to take the match 8-5. Olivia started off the singles play against Lauren Chuha. This being her first match of the year the coaches weren’t sure what to expect out of the first-year. She delivered. Olivia played exceptional defense running down every ball and hitting great lob after great lob. She followed her instructions perfectly and won the match 8-2 and the victory gave the Bobcats the second point necessary for advancement. Adrienne then played her first singles match of the year. Like Olivia she executed perfectly. Refusing to miss and attacking short balls allowed her the victory of 8-2 and the Bobcats were on to the second round.

In their next match the Bobcats faced the #1 team from Holyoke, who was also the #5 seed in the tournament. Singles was played first and Olivia took on Natalie Hsiang a player with an unique style of aggressive slicing on both ground strokes. The first set took some getting used to and it was a closely fought set but Olivia was able to edge her opponent 7-5. After figuring out the slice Olivia put in the work and ran down every ball to win the second set 6-1. While Olivia was playing Adrienne was in a battle of her own. The first set took an hour alone and she fought through the wind and a gritty opponent to take the first set 6-4. In the second set was tenacious. The wind picked up and both players struggled to play their game. Adrienne kept attacking short balls but was having trouble finding her touch. Her opponent played incredible defense and took the set 6-3. The third set tie-breaker was an intensely fought back and forth one. Both players had leads and many on the sideline were too nervous to watch. Unfortunately Adrienne lost the breaker 10-8 and the team score was knotted as 1-1. When doubles play started, the Bobcats weren’t as sharp as they were in their first match. They played hard, but in the end were unable to overcome the wind and their opponents who had played a well-deserved win 8-4.

 Draws can be found here

The NEWITT tournament was an overall success. Bringing only first-years and sophomores, it was the first college match for many and the first of the year for most of the sophomores. They all handled the pressure better than expected and learned that they can play with the heavily favored teams in our conference. The girls start their lifting and conditioning routines this week and are all excited to work hard over the off season.


Wallach Invitational

On October 9-10 the Bobcats hosted their annual tournament, the Wallach Invitational. The tournament was comprised of the Bobcats and six other schools (Amherst, Brandeis, Colby, Skidmore, Trinity, and Vassar). There were four singles flights and two doubles flights with a maximum of 16 in each draw.

In A Flight Singles, Matt Bettles kept his hot streak going. As the #1 seed, he had a bye first round before facing Tommy Kimball of Colby. Bettles worked very hard for the 6-2 6-2 victory to put himself into the semifinals. In his next match, Bettles faced Skidmore’s Luke Granger who had just come off a very strong performance in their ITA and is ranked highly in the region. Bettles took the match 6-3 6-3, by winning long, hard-fought points, and capitalizing on all opportunities to put himself in the finals. In his next match Bettles faced Sean Doerfler from Amherst. Doerfler played an implemental role in Amherst’s singles lineup last year on their run to the team national championships and is a very tough competitor. Doerfler played a near flawless match and was able to top Bettles 6-3 7-6.

The other Bobcat in A Flight Singles was Timmy Berg. Coming off a strong ITA finish, Berg was given the #3 seed. In his first round he played Than Moore of Colby. Berg hustled around the court making very few errors to take the match 6-2 6-1. In the round of 8 Berg played Doerfler. Thought Berg fought his best and competed well, Doerfler played a very high level of tennis throughout the whole match and was able to take the match and eliminate Berg from competition.

In B Flight Singles, Kyle DeSisto received the toughest draw of any Bobcat. He was matched up against Oliver Loutsenko from Skidmore, a very good competitor who always brings a very high consistent level to every match. Desisto fought well, giving Loutsenko his toughest match of the tournament, but in the end came up short.

Ben Bogard also played in the B Flight Singles. His first round opponent was Ezra Bernstein from Brandeis. Bogard came out firing and took the first set 6-1. He then found himself in a whole early in the second set and Bernstein took the second 6-2. The third set was a tie-breaker and Bogard did what the Bobcats have been doing all year in tie-breakers. He worked for every point, giving nothing away and in the end he pulled out the clutch third set 10-7. In his second round Bogard faced Alex Fromson from Skidmore who had just upset the #2 seed. The upset win gave Fromson a boost of confidence and he was able to carry it with him in the 6-4 6-2 win over Bogard.

Eric Ruta also competed in the B Flight Singles. His first round opponent was #3 seed Alex Gumport from Amherst. After the Middlebury Invite Ruta came in for extra private lessons and really worked on his game as much as he could during and outside of practice and it paid off in this match. Ruta applied his coaching and stepped up to the challenge to take the match and upset Gumport 7-5 6-1. In his second round Ruta played Kayong Lee from Trinity. Lee has big shot capability and his shots were on target for this match as he took advantage of short balls and beat Ruta 6-1 6-3.

Peter Yanofsky was the fourth Bobcat in the B Flight Singles. In his first round he faced Dan Freeman from Vassar, a solid played and very good friend of Bates player Rob Crampton. However, that wouldn’t stop Yanofsky from taking the match. At 6’7’’ Peter bombed serves from both sides and ruthlessly attacked the net. He had a breakthrough in this match and really impressed the coaching staff with the strides he made since the last tournament. He took the match 6-3 6-2. In the next round Peter played #4 seed Jugal Marfatia, a crafty player from Trinity. Peter played well but missed a few opportunities which allowed Marfatia to take the match 6-3 7-5.

In C Flight Singles, Dylan Reffe played Azam Khan from Trinity in the first round. Reffe’s unique grinding style of play threw Khan off his game. Reffe executed well and missed very few shots on the way to the 7-5 6-2 victory. In his second match, Reffe played #3 seed Yahia Imam from Skidmore. Dylan played well and was in every game, but Imam has a huge serve and forehand and was able to out hit Dylan for the 6-3 6-4 victory.

In Flight A Doubles, Bettles and Rob Crampton paired up and were given the #4 seed. In their first round they played Charles McConnell and Kayong Lee from Trinity. After a slow start the Bobcats started closing tighter and knocking off more volleys to advance with the 8-4 win. In their second match they played Max Gumport and Will Rives from Amherst. Getting ahead early was the key in this match as they continued their strong play to advance to the semis with another 8-4 win. In the semis they faced Jimmy Sherpa and Spencer Cheng from Skidmore. The team had just won their ITA and are All-Americans after taking 5th place at small college nationals. They showed why as they beat Bettles and Crampton 8-2. The Bobcats never really got going and Cheng and Sherpa played a very solid match.

In Flight B Doubles, senior Sam Woods paired with Kyle Desisto and were awarded the #1 seed. After a first round bye the pair played Kyle Boguslawki and Jordan Kemp from Trinity. The Bobcats played excellent doubles and quickly took the match 8-1 to advance to the semifinals. In their next match they played Jason Ottomano and Matt Carroll from Colby. Both are top-notch doubles players with great hands. The Bobcats played winning tennis, dipping returns and crossing off of low balls to take an early advantage that carried through to an 8-4 victory and trip to the finals. In the last match they played #2 seed Loutsenko and Fromson from Skidmore. The Skidmore pair came to play and capitalized on every Bobcat mistake to take the title 8-1.

Overall it was a solid weekend for the Bobcats. The younger players on the team showed a great deal of progress from the earlier tournaments and the entire team is motivated going into the off-season. This week the Bobcats will start their lifting and conditioning regimens and all are working hard with high aspirations for the spring season.

Draws for the tournament can be found here:


Meet the bobcats: Olivia Kronemeyer

Olivia Kronemeyer

Olivia Kronemeyer

Next up on Meet the Bobcats is first year Olivia Kronemeyer.

1. Where are you from and what high school did you attend?

I am from Southampton, New York and I went to Episcopal High School in Virginia.

2. What is your favorite sport to watch?

College basketball, my team is Syracuse.

3. Favorite movie?

The Godfather

4. What is the best part about  college?

Meeting a lot of new people, and freedom

5. Why did you choose Bates?

I really loved the campus and the liberal arts curriculum, and the tennis team of course.

6. Dream Date?

John Butler

7. Other than tennis, what are some other hobbies?

Skiing, yoga, cooking, photography, and squash

8. Best vacation you have had?

I went to Vietnam and Thailand

9. Favorite Book?

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

10. Band/Musician?
Grateful Dead


Former Bobcats Make Nationals

On the USTA team Net Assets, former Bobcats Matt Chamberlain and Nick Bournakel won the New England Section 4.0 Championships.  The team will now take part in the USTA League National Championships Oct. 22-24 in Tucson, AZ.  The team will also raise awareness and money on behalf of the Cancer Community Center in South Portland Maine by sporting pink shirts in their matches. We wish them luck in the upcoming weeks. Go BOBCATS !

For information follow this link


Meet your Bobcats: Peter Yanofsky

Peter Yanofsky

Peter Yanofsky

Next up on Meet the Bobcats is first year Peter Yanofsky.

1. Where are you from and what high school did you attend?

I am from Belmont, Massachusetts and I went to Belmont Hill School.

2. Who is your favorite athlete?

Roger Federer

3. Favorite movie?


4. What is the best part about  Bates?

I’m liking everything so far, even my homework.

5. What do you plan to major in?


6. Favorite movie star?

Adam Sandler or Jim Carey

7. Your 6’7” when was the first time you could dunk?

When i was 16, i was 6’5” then

8. Best vacation you have had?

Ive made three trips to Italy and they were all amazing.

9. When you were a little kid, what did you want to grow up to be?

A pro athlete

10. Band/Musician?
Dave Matthews

October 2010


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