This past weekend the Bates Men’s and Women’s tennis teams finished up their regular seasons playing matches on both Saturday and Sunday. The action started on Saturday morning with the Men taking on the Trinity Bantams. In the doubles the Trinity men hung with the 21rst ranked Bobcats on every court except for one. Rob and Matt broke in the first game and cruised from there beating Mbithi and Carpenter 8-2. Up 1-0, Timmy and Pierre were next to break through. Down a break at 4-5, the Bates pair rattled off 4 straight games to take the second point with an 8-5 win over Traff and Myers. At third doubles Trinity’s Mandel and Kemp were able to help the Bantams avoid the sweep. While Peter and Dylan were able to overcome Trinity’s first break, in the 10th game Mandel and Kemp got their second and marched on for the 8-4 win.
With the score at 2-1 after doubles, the Bobcats went to work in singles. At four Pierre destroyed his opponent 6-0, 6-2 to put Bates up 3-1. However, having taken this lead, the Bobcats would have to wait until the score was tied three to get their fourth point. Following losses at five and six singles, Rob would come through in three sets over Carpenter for the 4-3 match lead. The Bantams would refuse to give up though as Trinity’s Traff beat Timmy in a tight 6-4, 7-5 to tie the match score at four apiece. With the match in the balance it fell to Matt Bettles at 2nd singles. Having taken the first set 6-1, Bettles was tied up in a dogfight in the second set with Trinity’s Mandel. Coming down to the second set tiebreaker, Mandel would stick with Matt up until the end when he broke through to complete the 6-1, 7-6 (5) win, and clinch the 5-4 match win for Bates.
Up next were the Bates women who were taking on the Tufts Jumbos. With the sun setting, the two top 30 teams would begin their battle for the doubles point. While Jacqui and Jenna played well at third doubles, they were not able to keep up with the Jumbos as Lam and Schoenfeld gave Tufts the 1-0 lead with an 8-2 win. Next off was one doubles, Ellie and Ashley managed to stick with Hollander and Bowman through the eighth game but from there Tufts rattled off 4 straight games to take the 8-4 win. Down 2-0 the Jumbos completed the sweep with another 8-4 win at second doubles.
Down 3-0 the Bobcats began singles play. While the Bobcats fought hard, the Jumbos endured taking 5 of 6 singles. However, at 2 singles Jacqui Holmes turned the corner against the Jumbos’ Gann. After losing the first set 6-0, Jacqui played with Gann throughout the second set. Both girls took breaks from one another but eventually the second set went to a tiebreaker. After being down a few points, Jacqui stormed back for the 7-5 and 7-6 breaker and set win. Going late into the cold spring night Jacqui once again stormed back from a 3-point deficit to take the deciding super-breaker 10-8 Breaker. With the 0-6, 7-6, 10-8 win, Jacqui’s match made the final score 8-1 in favor of the Jumbos.
Having finished Saturday on a strong note with Jacqui’s comeback win, the Bobcats went to work against Wesleyan Sunday morning. As the last matches regular season for both teams, this would be a big senior day for the Bobcats. With eight seniors between the two teams it was a very sad but wonderful event as Ashley Brunk, Jacqui Holmes, Nicole Russell, Jenna Burke, Rob Crampton, Matt Bettles, Dylan Reffe, and Kyle Desisto all played their last match of their careers at the Wallach Tennis Center. The Men started the action, and kicked the day off with a bang as they took all three doubles. While one and two swept their opponents without affair, Dylan and Peter flipped a break against Wesleyan’s Monk and Suh late in the pro-set for a 9-7 win completing the sweep of the Cardinals.
Up big, Rob and Matt went to work as they quickly solidified the 5-0 decision with straight set victories. Meanwhile, the rest of the Bobcats lost all of their first sets against the scrappy Cardinals. At four singles Pierre Planche fell to Legunn 7-5, 6-1. Timmy Berg and Ben Bogard would lose super-breakers to Wesleyan’s Rudovsky and Hudson, respectively. However, on his senior day, down a set and a break, Dylan made it happen, fighting through both the second set breaker and then the super-tiebreak for the 4-6, 7-6, 10-8 win, ending the match in the Bobcats favor by the score of 6-3.
Having won the first match of the day the Women were on next. Starting off strong, the Bobcats would take 2 out of 3 points. At one doubles Ellie and Ashley would cruise, taking out Wesleyan’s Dubrin and Aniello 8-3. At three doubles Nicole and Kristen would stumble. Down 4-5, Jacobs and Smith broke and didn’t look back as they rolled for the 8-4 win. Meanwhile, at three doubles the Jenna and Jacqui started hot and finished hot taking down Softness and Robins 8-2.
With the lead at 2-1 the Bobcats would have another rough day in singles. While Jacqui once again cruised, helping the Bobcats to their third point, the Cardinals would prove too much and take down Bates 6-3. At one Ellie fought hard, but with nagging injuries hampering her she fell 6-3 6-3 to Bubrin. Similarly, Howard was able to get the inside edge on Lucy, who was playing with an injured leg, but Lucy still made a fight of it losing in straights. Ashley and Nicole both fought hard as well but lost in straights. Nicole was even two points away from taking the second set tiebreak but just couldn’t quite pull it off in the end. At six Audrey also gamed all the way against her opponent but ended up losing in straights as well.
This last weekend concluded the season for the women, but the men will go on, playing Wesleyan again at 9am on Friday in the first round of the NESCAC tournament hosted at Amherst College.