Archive for April, 2013

23
Apr
13

Bates takes down the Continentals without event

Yesterday the Bates Bobcats traveled to Clinton New York to play the Hamilton Continentals in their final regular-season road match of the year. Both the men’s and women’s teams were riding high following their dominating victories at Conn College the day before.

Once again the women started the day inside. This time it was chilly temperatures keeping the match from starting outside. On this day it would be 2nd doubles that cruised. Arenson and Shea of Hamilton proved to be no match for Nicole and Kristen as they fell 8-2 to the Bates pairing. Next off were Jacqui and Jenna at 3rd doubles. While they did relinquish a 5-2 lead to Hamilton’s Mann and Vhlein, Jacqui and Jenna hung tough and pulled off the 8-5 win after a gritty fight in the 13th game. Up 2-0, Ellie and Ashley were able to flip the break they were down for the majority of their pro-set and pull off the 9-7 win over Hamilton’s Lee and Detwiller at 1st doubles.

Despite the chilly temperatures, the match would move outside for singles.  The Bates women would once again thrive in their first sets. In fact not one spot would lose a first set on their way to the 8-1 victory over the Continentals. Only Ellie Mandzhukova, at one singles would split sets. After winning the first 6-4, Ellie dropped the second to Hamilton’s Schoning 5-7. Moving to the super Schoning played well and was able to prevail. This of course ended the match with the final score at 8-1.

Next up were the Men. Starting in the late afternoon sun with the shadows creeping in, the men would, for the second day in a row, sweep all three doubles. Much like the day before, Rob and Matt would take 1st doubles without event, winning 8-2 over the Continentals’ Oliver and Petit. Up 1-0, Timmy and Pierre, down 5-4, reeled off four straight games to take down Billet and Reynolds 8-5 and make the score 2-0. Ben and Henry would have a tougher time of it as the went back and forth with Franzez and Antonoff only barely breaking in the 16th game to take the 9-7 win and complete the doubles sweep.

Moving into singles, the Bobcats calmly dismantled the Continentals. With the exception of Eric Ruta’s loss at five singles to Stern, the Bobcats failed to drop a single set. Pierre and Dylan would clinch the 5-0 decision for the Bobcats, while Timmy Matt and Rob would close out the Hamilton team with solid straight set wins.

The Bobcats will next be in action on Wednesday as they take on their NESCAC rival Bowdoin at the Wallach tennis center under the lights at 630pm.

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23
Apr
13

Bates teams travel to Conn

Yesterday the Bates tennis teams traveled to New London Connecticut to play the Camels of Conn College. The match started in the morning with the two women’s teams squaring off. With the courts still wet from rain the night before, the doubles started inside. 3rd doubles was first off as Jenna Burke and Jacqui Holmes cruised to an 8-2 win over Simba and Kalia of Conn. Kristen Doerer and Nicole Russell traded breaks back and forth on the slippery gymnasium surface but prevailed in the end winning their match at 2nd doubles 8-5. 1st doubles proved to be the trickiest affair. Ellie Mandzhukova and Ashley Brunk lost a 7-4 lead to Conn’s Cangem and Herbert, but maintained focus as they prevailed in a close tiebreaker for the final win of the doubles sweep, 9-8(6).

With the weather clearing, the Bobcats and Camels moved outside for singles. Bates continued to thrive as five of the six singles won their first sets. While Ellie, Jacqui, Nicole, and Kristen all capitalized on their first set wins, taking out their opponents in straight sets, Ashley and Audrey Grauer both split sets going the full distance. Audrey was able to come back from a set down to make her way to the super-breaker, and ultimately take out Cangem 3-6, 6-2, 10-4. Meanwhile, Ashley traded a quick first two sets with Conn’s Kriooshiti, winning the first 6-2 and dropping the second 0-6. In the third Ashley played gritty tennis fighting off numerous break points in a tense 12th game to finally take the third 7-5. Ashley’s win would complete the 9-0 sweep of the Camels by the Bobcats.

Following the women’s match, the men’s teams took the court. Starting with doubles the Bobcats took efficient care of the Camels; both 1st and 3rd doubles took out their opponents by the same score of 8-1. 2nd doubles had a little more trouble but Pierre and Timmy overcame an early break to beat Conn’s Cangelos and Suneb 8-5. 

Up 3-0, the Bobcats surged ahead as the women did just dropping one of their singles matches on the way to victory. Timmy, Eric and Ben took out their opponents in straight sets at 3, 5 and 6 singles respectively. Rob also won in straight sets, but Suneb made the first set a tough affair as Rob only broke through in the 12th game. However, from that point on Rob cruised winning 7-5, 6-2. Bettles, playing at two singles also played a challenging set, ultimately winning in three by the score of 6-3, 0-6, 6-2. Finally, last off was Henry Lee who battled through a tough match but fell to Kraiger of Conn 7-5, 6-4.

20
Apr
13

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20
Apr
13

Bates Mens tennis drops decision to Williams

On Thursday, the Bates men’s tennis team traveled to Williamstown Massachusetts to take on the 5th ranked Williams Ephs. The Bates men were ready to get back into action after a week and a half downtime following their 5-4 loss to Amherst.

Doubles between the two teams showcased some amazing tennis as both 1 and 2 came down to the wire. At 3 Ben and Henry fought hard but were unable to contend with Williams’ Chow and Astrachan, falling 8-0. At two, Timmy and Pierre fought off over 8 match points against Micheli and Sun but eventually fell 9-7. Meanwhile Rob and Matt were locked in a back and forth battle with Meyer and Schidlovsky of Williams. As both teams traded breaks throughout the pro-set the affair came down to a tiebreaker. In the breaker both teams came up with astounding shots but Meyer would clinch the 3rd and final doubles point with the 9-8 (5) win.

Going into singles the Bobcats were determined not to let down in the face of the 3-0 deficit. While Bettles, Lee and Ruta fell in straight sets, Rob, Timmy, and Pierre went the distance. At one, Rob and Trey Meyer fought hard but in the end Meyer prevailed 6-1, 1-6, 6-2.  Second to last off was Pierre Planche who reeled in Bates’ only point as he beat Zach Weiss 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Finally in a gritty match against Matt Micheli, Timmy climbed his way back from a set and a break down to take the match to a super tiebreak. Timmy even fought off match points in the second set tiebreaker. However, Micheli proved to be the tougher competitor that day as he won the breaker and match 3-6, 7-6(6), 11-9.

The Bates Men will play Conn College at Conn Saturday Afternoon, and then Hamilton College on Sunday afternoon in Clinton NY.

20
Apr
13

Bates women put up a fight against national powerhouse Amherst

On Wednesday the Bates Women’s Tennis Team traveled to Amherst Massachusetts for their rematch with the Lord Jeffs. In their first meeting, Amherst beat the Bobcats 9-0 in the first round of the Nor’easter Bowl at Brandeis University. This meeting proved to be a completely different affair.

Starting in doubles the Bobcats set the tone. Fighting on every court, the matches lasted almost an hour longer than it had in their first meeting. At one doubles Ellie and Ashley hung tough with only one break at the start of the match separating them from Amherst’s Devlin and Pangolas as they fell 8-6. At two doubles the score truly didn’t tell the story of the match. While Nicole and Kristen fell 8-2 to Richman and Alvy of Amherst, they took every game to deuce, came back from a 3-0 deficit to get back on serve at 3-2, and fought relentlessly until the end. A similar scenario played out at three doubles, Jacqui and Jenna played steady with Monteagudo and Camacho losing 8-3 but fighting hard in an hour and half match.

Going into singles the Bobcats were down 3-0. However, looking at Bates women one would have never guessed. At one singles Ellie took Amherst’s Caroline Richman to three sets, falling in the super tiebreaker by the score of 1-6, 6-4, 10-6. Both Kristen and Nicole at 6 and 4 singles respectively both lost hard fought-straight sets matches. Nicole was even able to real off 3 straight games down 5-0 to lose her second set by the score of 6-3. The final match and moment of the day belonged to Jacqui Holmes who fought off two match points in her super tiebreak with Safi Alvy to take the match and the only point of the day for the Bobcats  4-6, 6-4, 11-9.

The Women will be in action all weekend as they travel to Connecticut College on Saturday to play the Camels and then Hamilton College for a match against the Continentals on Sunday.

16
Apr
13

Bates takes down rival Colby

Yesterday in the Wallach Tennis Centers-Home opener, the Bates Women beat their Maine state rival Colby in an 8-1 decision. Coming off a tough loss to Trinity only two days before the Bobcats were hungry and showed it in their gritty win.

In doubles the Bobcats started hot, breaking the Mules on all four courts within the first four games of each pro set. After getting down 2-1 in two doubles Junior Kristen Doerer and senior Nicole Russell surged past Abel and Love of Colby winning the match 8-2 and putting the Bobcats up 1-0. Next off was one doubles, Colby’s Perese and Wiener stayed with Ellie and Ashley for most of the exciting match but after trading match points back and forth in the tie-breaker, the Bates pair finally capitalized at 11-10 up, winning the match 9-8 (12-10) for the 2-0 lead. Last off for the Bobcats was Jacqui Holmes and senior Jenna Burke who took down Holmes and McAuliff 8-5 to give Bates the 3-0 sweep in doubles. Jacqui and Jenna, up 5-4 played four 10 minute deuce games before coming through with the exceptional win.

With the 3-0 lead the Bobcats went to work in singles. Despite the deficit the Mules did not go quietly. Three of the six matches went to third set super-breakers, but this did not deter the 29th ranked Bobcats as they would win all three. Ellie and Jacqui were first off as they gritted through two tough-straight-set victories, clinching the 5-1 decision for the Bobcats. Ashley and Nicole both went the distance but kept composed and authoritatively took care of their opponents in the super-breakers. Meanwhile, Kristen Doerer at 6 singles came all the way back from a set and a break down to force the super, and then fought off 6 match points to comeback from 9-3 down in the breaker to Boyo of Colby and clinch the 8-1 score for the Bobcats.

Bates will be in action again tomorrow, April 17, as they take on the the Lord Jeffs of Amherst at 4pm at Amherst.

08
Apr
13

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