Archive for April 7th, 2011


Bobcats head to New York

The lady bobcats went to New York this past weekend to take on #19 ranked Vassar and #2 ranked Amherst. First up was host school Vassar College. At #1 doubles the bobcats sported Meg and Jacqui, playing together for the first time. They played well but were unable to capitalize on their chances and came up just short. At #2 and #3 the bobcats battled well. Nicole and Ashley teamed up again (they were partners last year) and played a solid match against a formidable Vassar pairing but a break late in the match put the bobcats down 2-0. At #3 Kristen and Erika fought but were unable to come back from an early deficit and Vassar took the match.

 The Vassar indoor surface is much different from what we have in Merrill. The court is much quicker and tends to hit and shoot off the court. But the bobcats didn’t complain and refused to make any excuses going into singles play. The Vassar facility has 5 indoor courts and every bobcat competed admirably. Meg played through a migraine, and everyone dealt with some form of adversity in their match but kept their heads up. Erika played the longest match but came up just short. Overall we competed well and continue to improve and build on each match.

Later that afternoon the bobcats got to go outside to take on #2 ranked Amherst. The bobcats lost the match 9-0 but that doesn’t reflect at all on how we played. This was the best the bobcats have played and competed all season, and we did it at every spot. Losing Meg to severe migraines, everyone had to move up a spot but no one made excuses or complained. The bobcats enjoyed the struggle, played disciplined, and made the Amherst Jeffs earn every point. Though we lost both matches we are pleased with the continuous progress this team is making and are looking forward to our next match at home versus Colby.


Men’s match vs Brandeis

This past Saturday the bobcats made the trip to Brandeis. At #1 doubles Matt and Rob took on the #5 ranked team in the region, Simon Miller and Nick White. The bobcat duo brought a lot of energy to the match and got a break on the first game. The rest of the set was played like a chess match with each team making changes and then adapting to their opponents adjustments. In the end Matt and Rob gutted out the 8-5 win. At #2 and #3 the Brandeis teams brought the energy and flat-out played better doubles than we did and took the matches 8-4 and 8-3.

In singles Matt and Rob took on their doubles opponents who were hungry for some vengeance. At #1 Matt played Simon Miller. Matt played a tight first set and came up short 6-3. In the second set he made a comeback and gave himself a few opportunities but was unable to capitalize and Simon pulled out the 7-5 second set. At #2 Rob had a long battle with Nick White. Losing a tough first set 7-5, Rob fought back in the second and evened the match with a 6-4 win. In the third Nick got an early break and it was the difference maker for the third set win 6-3.

Down 4-1 the bobcats needed to make a stand. At #3 first year Timmy Berg played David Yovanoff and was composed under the pressure. Working hard for every ball Timmy won a tough first set 6-4. In the second set Timmy had to fight even harder and pushed the set to a tie-breaker where he refused to miss and played clutch in the big moments for a 10-8 win.

At #4 Jeff Beaton was in for his own battle. In a very long first set he pulled out a 7-4 tiebreaker. In the second set his opponent made a comeback and evened things 7-5. In the third set super breaker Jeff regained his focus and stayed poised, taking the match 10-7. At #5 and #6 Peter and Ben had tough matches but both came up just short. The next match for the bobcats will be against #1 ranked Middlebury.

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