Easter Weekend Matches

The men’s team travelled to Hartford, Connecticut to take on Trinity in their first of three consecutive matches. The Bantams defended their home court well in doubles. At #1 Matt and Rob had their 4 match win streak snapped by Anson McCook and Richard Bonfiglio as the Trinity pairing fought off many break chances and claimed the win. The bobcats sported a new pairing at #3 with Timmy and Kyle teaming up. The combination gelled quickly and they got their first win 8-5 gutting out many long deuce games.

At #1 Matt battled his opponent and a stomach virus but McCook stayed tough from the doubles win and came away with the singles victory. At #2 Rob played Bonfiglio who had defeated him earlier in the year at the Middlebury Invite. It was a long match but Rob was ready for the challenge and put in the work for the 6-3 first set. In the second Bonfiglio got even more disciplined and refused to miss pushing the match the a super tie-breaker. As he has done many times this year, Rob was clutch and worked for every point and earned the breaker 10-7. At #3 Timmy played a tough counter puncher in David Dessau. The first year put in the work and enjoyed the pressure, pushing through for the 6-4 6-4 win. The bobcats would drop 4-6 singles against the #15 ranked Bantams and would prepare for the next days match against Connecticut College.

The next day rain forced the match to be played indoors on the quick Conn College surface. Both teams have big servers in their arsenal and in doubles they were on display. At #1 Matt and Rob gutted out a tough 8-6 win against a pairing with lots of racket skill. At #2 Sam and Jeff got down a break early but never panicked, coming back from a 3-6 deficit to work for the 9-7 win. At #3 the bobcats completed the sweep as Timmy and Kyle played solid all the way through for a 8-5 win.

At #1 Matt played a flawless first set winning 6-0. In the second his sickness to catch up with him and his opponent raised his level of play. The combination of those elements even the match at a set a piece and a third set awaited. Both players refused to budge and continued to hold serve, pushing it to a third set tie-breaker. Needing this win to stay in contention for singles nationals, there was a lot of pressure on Matt. He rose to the occasion and out-toughed his opponent for the 7-2 win. At #2 Rob gutted out another tie-breaker 7-5 7-6(4). At #3 Timmy was rock solid and rolled for another win 6-0 6-4. At #4 Jeff earned a third victory for the bobcats in a tie-breaker 6-3 7-6 (5). At #5 Ben won the 4th match for the bobcats by tie-breaker 6-4 3-6 10-8. Kyle’s match was not as close as he played very aggressively and never stepped off the gas for the 6-3 6-0 win.

The next day the team went to Amherst to take on the #4 ranked Lord Jeffs. In doubles Matt and Rob (#4 in the region) took on the #1 team in the region Wes Waterman and Moritz Koenig. The pairs battled for an hour outside before rain pushed the match indoors. At 5-6 with 11 straight holds the bobcats were broken in a long deuce game and that was the difference maker. It was a great set by both teams and in a short pro-set 1 bad game can be the entire match. At #3 Timmy and Kyle played another exciting match. They got down a break early then got it back before moving indoors. Once inside Amherst broke back and though the cats had 2 more break points they were unable to convert and Amherst swept doubles with a 8-6 win at #3.

In singles the Lord Jeffs would sweep all 6 spots but there were many close matches and positives to take away from it all. Matt battled through his virus and gave Luis Rattenhuber all he could handle in a 6-3 6-4 match. At #3 Timmy pushed Andrew Jung 6-3 7-5. At #4 Jeff overcame a big deficit and pushed Koenig to a 6-4 second set. And at #5 Ben played a 2 hour singles match that resulted in just one break each set. Though we lost 9-0 we were in most of the matches and our first years gained some needed experience. Overall it was a long weekend and we improved in each match which is all a coach can really ask for. Next week we have Bowdoin, Tufts, and Williams in consecutive days.


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