On Sunday the Bates women finished their third day of play at the Nor’easter Bowl with an exclamation point beating the 27th ranked Wellesley team on their home courts. This win secured the Women a seventh place finished in the highly competitive field of the Nor’easter.
Doubles proved to be a fickle affair as all courts featured 6-1 scores within a half an hour of the start of play. Bates was down 6-1 at 1 and 3 before mounting comebacks. While Ellie and Ashley were unable to complete their rally against Wellesley’s Diana Granger and Sojung Lee, losing 8-5 at one, Kristen and Nicole stormed all the way back to take Kendall Tada and Catherine Matulis out in a set tiebreaker at three. Three’s win coupled with a solid 8-4 win for Jacqui and Lucy at two put the Bobcats up 2-1 after doubles which would prove to be critical later on in the tight match.
With the lead the Bobcats started out strong, winning four of the first six sets played. However, the match would prove to be a grind as five of the six matches would go to three sets. At one, Ellie hung tough to give the Bobcats a 3-1 lead with a 6-0, 5-7, 6-1 defeat of Sojung Lee. Yet wins for Suzanne Barth and Veronica Lin pulled Wellesley within one point of Bates. With the score at 4-3, both Jacqui and Ashley were in third sets. As Jacqui started her third it looked like Wellesley was on the verge of tying it with Ashley down 5-2 to Catherine Matulis in her third set. But Ashley buckled down and came back all the way to force a third set breaker, even fighting off two match points in the process before completing the comeback and the decision for the 5-3 win. With the win in hand Jacqui fought through a nagging injury showing true grit in a tough 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 loss to Diane granger completing the 5-4 win for the Bobcats.
The Bates women will be back in action next Saturday as they hope to have their first home match at the Wallach tennis center against Trinity.