Last Saturday, the 21st ranked- Bates Men’s tennis team traveled to Baltimore Maryland to play the 8th ranked-Johns Hopkins Blue Jays . Despite the disparity in ranking the Bobcats pushed the Jays to the brink, losing 5-4 in just under four hours.
The doubles point proved to be one of the most exciting periods in the match. First off was two doubles, Pierre Planche and Timmy Berg played well but lost their first match of the season 8-5 to Hopkins’ Erik Lim and Tanner Brown. Second off was three doubles, Henry Lee and Ben Bogard traded two breaks each with Hopkins’ Andy Hersh and Jeff Kamei, but in the end lost 8-5 as well. Down 2-0, one doubles came up big as Rob Crampton and Matt Bettles capitalized on a single break for an 8-6 win over Noah Joachim and Nicolas Garcia, making it 2-1 at the close of the doubles point.
Down 2-1 after doubles for only the third time of the season, the Bobcats hunkered down for singles. Pierre Planche tied the score at two a piece in only 40 minutes as he crushed Hopkins’ Erik Lim at four singles 6-1, 6-2. However, from that point on Hopkins would real off 3 straight points for the 5-2 decision as Sam Weissler, Jensen Reiter and Tanner Brown all scored straight set victories over their Bates opponents. Despite the swing in score, Matt and Timmy hung tough as Matt defeated Andy Hersh 6-4, 6-4 at two singles while Timmy defeated Jeff Kamei 4-6, 7-6, 10-3 at three singles, completing the 5-4 decision.
The Bobcats will be in action again next Saturday as the will travel to Boston to play Tufts at 12pm.