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.