When Bates junior Rob Crampton's 15-match winning streak as a singles player finally came to an end last week, he had found himself in the national semifinals.
Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) started the second day of the NCAA Division III Singles and Doubles Championships with a bang, registering a 6-3, 7-5 upset win in the singles quarterfinals over Felix Sun of Williams, the NESCAC Player of the Year and the second-ranked singles player in the Northeast by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Crampton was finally stopped in the semifinal round directly afterward, falling 6-1, 6-0 to Dillon Pottish of Emory University.
Crampton had gained his first two career All-America honors the day before, winning in the Rounds of 32 and 16 in the singles championship before teaming up with junior doubles partner Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) for a 62-, 6-4 defeat of Robert Kjellberg and Alexey Rumyantsev of North Carolina Wesleyan in the doubles Round of 16.
Crampton and Bettles fell in a hard-fought match to Gustavus Adolphus duo of Amrik Donkena and Mya Smith-Dennis on Friday afternoon to end their run in the doubles championship, completing Crampton's sixth match in two days.
In his two singles wins on Thursday, Crampton came back resoundingly from a set down to defeat Mya Smith-Dennis of Gustavus Adolphus in the Round of 32, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, securing his first career All-America award. Crampton advanced to the Round of 16 to face Eric Shulman of Christopher Newport University, and eliminated Shulman from the field with relative ease, by a 6-3, 6-1 score.
Crampton became the eighth Bates man to join the team's All-Americans list, the most recent member of which was Bettles, who also reached the Round of 16 in the NCAA singles championship in 2011. The others on the list are Amrit Rupasinghe '10, Ben Stein '09, Tristan Beach '06, Will Boe-Wiegaard '06, current head coach Paul Gastonguay ’89 and Buddy Schultz ’81.