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.