|Ryan Mannelly '10 reached the quarterfinals of the C Singles Flight. (Phyllis Graber Jensen photo)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates sophomore Mike Reiss and senior Brett Hine teamed up to make the championship match in the B Doubles draw, while two other Bobcat doubles duos also competed on Sunday, the second day of the 2007 Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational, which attracted nine teams to Bates' James G. Wallach Tennis Center.
Reiss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Hine (Peru, Maine) topped the Colby pair of Matthew Von Voigt and Bobby Post in the semifinals of the B Doubles Flight on Sunday, 8-6, then were in the final match of the tournament, falling 8-6 to Skidmore's Lorenzo Cabrera and Spencer Cheng.
Also in action on Sunday, Bates had doubles pairs on both sides of the A Doubles Flight bracket, but neither made it to the final round. Junior Ben Stein (Pelham, N.Y.) and sophomore Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) were eliminated 8-4 by Stephen Sullivan and Jamie Neely of Bowdoin, while in the other semifinal sophomores Maxwell Berger (Concord, N.H.) and Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.) fell to Middlebury's Andrew Lee and Chris Mason 8-3.
On Saturday, Stein and Rupasinghe advanced three rounds on Saturday with wins over Warren/Stevenson pair from Southern Maine (8-1) and the Middlebury's Jia/Peters duo in the quarterfinals (8-6). On the other side of the same bracket, Berger and Mannelly had an 8-2 victory over Fleder/Landers of Tufts and an 8-1 rout of Bowdoin's Gates/Drake pair.
Also on Saturday, Reiss and Hine enjoyed an 8-4 win over Middlebury's Riefkohl/Malhame, an 8-5 decision over Skidmore's Clark/Hogan, and an 8-4 win over Tufts' Glick/Rosen pair.
Reiss and Berger got the nod to compete in A Singles for the Bobcats on Saturday, and each won their opening matches before bowing out in the second round: Berger vanquished Andrew Peters of Middlebury 6-2, 6-7(4-7), 10-7 while Reiss defeated Tufts' Will Fleder 6-3, 6-4.
Mannelly also reached the quarterfinals of the C Singles draw, with a hard-fought super tiebreaker win over Tufts' Tony Carucci (6-3, 0-6, 10-5), before Brandeis' Scott Schulman defeated him in another super tiebreaker (1-6, 6-4, 10-8).
Bates freshman Sam Woods (Cambridge, N.Y.) recorded another win for the Bobcats in the D Singles flight on Saturday, defeating Bobby Post of Colby 6-1, 6-3 before losing out to Middlebury's Ben Weitz in the quarterfinals.
The Wallach Invitational concluded the fall portion of the men's tennis season for Bates. The Bates women's tennis team will be competing at the NEWITT Championships at Amherst on Oct. 19.