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.