Archive for October, 2012

03
Oct
12

Bates Men go to Williams for ITA

Last Thursday the Bates Men’s Tennis Team traveled to Williams College for the fall regional ITA. While a long trip down, the Bobcats were excited to confront one of the toughest regional draws in the country. The tournament started on Friday morning with doubles. The competition was forced inside due to rain that would persist through the weekend. As the one seed, senior captains Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles were the first match on. They eased into their first round winning 8-4. Meanwhile sophomore Pierre Planche and junior Peter Yanofsky were in a battle with Middlebury invitational finalists Steven Milo and Josh Jordan of Brandies. After trading breaks with the Brandies pair, the match went to a tiebreaker, where the Bates duo fell 9-8 (10-8). Having finished doubles action for the day the Bobcats moved into singles play, Sophomore Henry Lee had a tough challenge in his first round match with Jay Glickman of Tufts. A semifinalist in the A draw at Middlebury, Glickman defeated Lee 6-1 6-0. Junior Peter Yanofsky played a marathon first round match against  Josh Suneby of Conn College ultimately falling 4-6 6-3 10-5 in the super breaker. Also in action in singles for the Bobcats were Pierre, Rob (who was the two seed), and Matt (who was the six seed). All three would make it through their first round matches with Pierre Defeating Doug Kaplan of Bowdoin 7-5 6-3, Matt taking down Clark’s Antoine Martin 6-4 6-2 and Rob beating Ilya Levin of Trinity 7-6 6-3. However, despite the first round successes, of the three, only Matt would survive Friday’s singles action. In the second round Pierre ran into Mark Kahan of Amherst who was also the one seed for the tournament. Pierre lost 7-5 6-1, but gave Kahan all he could handle in the first set and hung in for a tough second set. Rob had a commanding 6-1 5-3 lead over Nichols’ Brandon Roode before the freshman mounted an impressive comeback to take Rob out in the super breaker, 1-6 7-5 10-7. Matt on the other hand, made it through to Saturday after coming back from a set down to MIT’s Kevin Wang, beating him in the super breaker 3-6 7-5 10-3.

Matt and Rob starting their Saturday playing doubles against the eventual singles finalists Amherst’s Yaraghi and Fife. After a tight beginning to the pro set, Matt and Rob’s experience lead to the break and 8-5 win over the talented freshmen. In their next match the Bobcat pair faced a much tougher challenge in Middlebury’s Johnson and Leguino. The Middlebury pairing featured some huge serves which didn’t give way to a break point until the 14th game. Yet it only took one break point as Bates was able to break Leguino and hold on Rob’s serve for the 9-7 victory.  With the Bobcat doubles safe until Sunday Matt started his round of 16-singles match against Amherst’s Fife. Bettles took a commanding lead into the second set up 6-1 3-1. However, Fife turned it on in the 5th game of the second set and took the match the distance, eventually beating Bettles in the third set breaker 1-6 6-4 7-6(2).

Going into Sunday, the two seniors used their singles frustration to run through their semifinals doubles match against William’s Chow and Astrachan 8-4. In the Finals, which was a full 2 out of 3 sets, Matt and Rob ran into Trey Meyer and Matt Micheli. The match was as close as it was long. Lasting just over two and half hours the Williams pair prevailed 6-4 4-6 6-4. In the first set both teams traded breaks to start. Williams ended up with the third and final break to take the set. In the second set the momentum shifted as Bates took the early break in the first game and then traded a break with Williams later in the set resulting in the 6-4 set to the Bobcats. Finally, in the third Matt and Rob had only one opportunity at deuce for a break point but came up unlucky allowing Williams to hold and get the go ahead break at 4-5 for the win.

Bates Men’s Tennis will be in action next weekend at the Wallach Invitational at Bates College.

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02
Oct
12

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02
Oct
12

Bates Womens Tennis at Fall ITA at MIT

Last Weekend the Bates Women’s tennis team opened up their season at the ITA fall regional at MIT in Boston. The fall ITA always provides a challenging draw for those entered in it. Bates was among 8 top-30 teams with players entered in the draw. The day started off with a lucky break for the Bobcats as senior Ashley Brunk got into the draw as an alternate. Brunk spent much of the first set getting her range as she was playing a tough William’s opponent in Maria Plylypiv. In the second set Ashley took off taking a commanding 4-1 lead with an all court attack which featured her polished doubles skills at the net. However, after just missing an ace for 5-1 Plylypiv began fighting her way back into the set. While Ashley gave up little, her opponent proved too tough as she would rally to take the match 6-0 6-4. Meanwhile, 7th seed Bates sophomore Ellie Mandzhukov was taking on Turfts’ Lauren Hollander. Ellie fought hard but Hollander was locked in. A good baseliner, Hollander’s misses were few and far between, she finally took the match after a 20 minute game in the second set, winning by the score 6-4 6-1. Later on senior Jacqui Holmes would take the court for the Bobcats. In a dominate performance Holmes would give Bates their first win of the day beating Alex Cifone of Nichols college 6-1 6-0. In her second round match Jacqui stayed on form but played a tough opponent in the 9th seeded Lindsay Katz from Tufts. In a match that lasted two hours Jacqui lost to Katz 6-1 6-0. Having wrapped up singles for the day the Bobcats began their doubles matches. In the first match on for Bates, Jacqui Holmes and sophomore Audrey Grauer took on Middlebury’s Amos and Leung. Playing some tough scrappy doubles Jacqui and Audrey fought hard against the Middlebury pair which featured the number one ranked singles player in the country in Leung. Despite a good effort Bates fell 8-1. In the other doubles match Ellie and Ashley played the tough Williams team of McCoy and Pylypiv. The match was exciting affair feature some amazing reaction volleys from the two Bobcats. Down 4-1 and then 6-3 the Bobcats mounted not one, but two comebacks as they evened the score at 4-3 and then 6-5 respectively. Unfortunately in the end the Williams pair proved too tough and won out 8-5. All in all, it was a good weekend for the Bobcat’s as they fought hard but just weren’t able to get the desired results.

Bates will next be in action at Bowdoin College for the Bowdoin Invitation over the weekend of October 12-14.

02
Oct
12

Bates Tennis at Babson

Last weekend the Bates men’s tennis team was in action at the Middlebury Invitation capturing three titles. This Friday, Bates traveled to Massachusetts to play a dual match against the Babson Beavers. The late afternoon match was played just passed decision as Bates prevailed 6-2, with one match being suspended because of darkness.

Bates started strong, pulling away in two and three doubles and then completed the 3-0 sweep with a tight win at one. The pairing of Pierre Planche and Peter Yanofsky took out Babson’s Victor Yu and Simeon Human 8-4. Peter and Pierre’s big serves and returns resulted in a mid-set break which allowed them to pull away for the 1-0 lead. Meanwhile Dylan Reffe and Henry Lee played a much craftier style breaking several times as a result of some stunning defense and reaction volleys. Clinching just after Peter and Pierre, Dylan and Henry gave the Bobcats a 2-0 lead. In contrast, the pairing of Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles played Roberto Perez and Ramone Doyley who took the All Americans to a pro-set-tiebreaker. However, the experience of the gritty seniors helped them prevailed over the hot-hitting freshman 9-8.

With the 3-0 lead Bates started their singles against the Beavers. While only one Bates player lost a first set, the Bobcats still faced tough competition throughout, seeing two matches going to three sets. Off first was Peter Yanofsky who lost a well fought match 6-3, 6-2 to Victor Yu at four singles. Peter was able to break at the end of both sets and nearly engineered a stunning comeback but was derailed by Yu’s tough play. With Bates’ lead down to 3-1 next off was Henry Lee at five singles. Henry won a decisive 6-3 6-2 over Dayim Garcia to put the Bobcats up 4-1 and only a point away from the win. Pierre Planche would clinch for the Bobcats at three singles. Off after Henry, Pierre scored a tough 7-5 6-3 win over the hard hitting Babson Freshman Ramon Doyley.  Finishing at around the same time, was Bobcat Eric Ruta. Eric played well but ended up losing a long and hard fought 3-6 6-1 10-8 decision to Roy Murdock at six singles. With that loss, the Bobcats were up 5-2. Meanwhile Rob had moved into a third set-super breaker. Having taken the first set easily 6-2, Rob’s opponent, Babson’s Roberto Perez cruised to take the second set 6-2 to even the match. After both players gave up 2 point leads in the breaker Rob hunkered down a found a way to win taking the breaker 12-10 in the last moments of daylight. Unfortunately, shortly after the end of Rob’s match, Matt and his opponent were forced to suspend their match due to lack of daylight. Matt took the first set 6-4 and was on serve at 4-4 in the second when play was suspended. While Babson’s Isaac Thylen was a feisty competitor with a tough grinding style Bettles had the match well in hand and was on the verge of the victory.

Next Weekend the Bobcats take their tennis on the road to the ITA tournament at Williams College.




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