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Bates' Shadowen, Rupasinghe face off in Wallach A Singles title match

LEWISTON, Maine -- The host Bates College men's tennis team saw two of its members square off in the championship match of the Singles A Flight on Sunday, highlighting the annual, two-day Wallach Tennis Invitational.

Bates first-year Nick Shadowen (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) took on Bates junior Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) in the final match of the 19-player Singles A Flight bracket Sunday morning, with Shadowen coming from behind to prevail in a hard-fought victory by a score of 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-5.

The Doubles A Flight championship match pitted Andy Peters and Rich Bonfiglio of Middlebury against Skidmore's Carl-Eric Girardin and T.J. David, with the Middlebury pair claiming the title by an 8-4 score.

Taking a grueling route to the singles final, Shadowen defeated Oscar Pena of Bowdoin, 6-4, 4-6, (10-2), followed by a 7-6(5), 2-6, 10-8 defeat of Colby's Bryan Brown, and a 6-2, 6-3 ouster of Vassar's Mike Mattleson in Sunday's semifinal.

Rupasinghe's route to the final included a 6-2, 6-3 defeat of Amhersts's Robby Sorrel, a 6-2, 6-2 ouster of Southern Maine's Josh Warren, and a semifinal 6-3, 6-4 defeat of Bowdoin All-American Stephen Sullivan.

Other competitors in singles for Bates included junior Adam Nielson (Den Haag, Netherlands), who defeated Seth Rogers of Brandeis 6-3, 6-4 in B Singles before falling to Amherst's Surainder Asokaraj; junior Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.), who went 0-1 in B Singles; sophomore Jeff Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.), who went 0-1 in B Singles; sophomore Sam Woods (Cambridge, N.Y.), who went 0-1 in C Singles; first-year Sawyer Lawson (Concord, Mass.), who went 0-1 in C Singles; and sophomore Matthew Chamberlin (Canton, Maine), who went 0-1 in D Singles.

Shadowen and Mannelly teamed up in the A Doubles Flight and registered an 8-2 defeat of Amherst's Camacho/Waterman duo before falling to Skidmore's Girardin and David in the semifinals. Nielson and Beaton were on the other side of that bracket, going 0-1. Chamberlin and first-year Colby Maldini (Newington, N.H.) went 0-1 in B Doubles, as did Lawson and Woods on the other side of the bracket.

Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational

Final Results

Oct. 12, 2008

James G. Wallach Tennis Center at Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

Singles A Flight Championship Match

Nick Shadowen, Bates, def. Amrit Rupasinghe, Bates, 3-6, 7-6(2), 10-5

Singles B Flight Championship Match

Alex Caughron, Bowdoin, def. Surainder Asokaraj, Amherst, 4-6, 6-2, 10-2

Singles C Flight Championship Match

Garrett Schuman, Tufts, def. Tony Sheng, Amherst, 7-6(8), 6-2

Singles D Flight Championship Match

Luke Granger, Skidmore, def. Daniel Landers, Tufts, 6-1, 7-6(5)

Doubles A Flight Championship Match

Andy Peters/Rich Bonfiglio, Middlebury, def. Carl-Eric Girardin/T.J. David, Skidmore, 8-4

Doubles B Flight Championship Match

Alex Jacobs/Andrew Won, Bowdoin, def. Yahia Imam/Ethan Bond, Skidmore, 8-4


A Singles

B Singles

C Singles

D Singles

A Doubles

B Doubles