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Oct
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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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