|Ryan Mannelly '10 competed for the flight championship at B Singles.|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates College men's tennis team finished off a strong showing at its annual Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational on Sunday, vying for the flight championship at A Doubles, B Singles and B Doubles.
Senior Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and first-year Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) began the day Sunday with a win in the semifinal round of the A Doubles Flight, defeating Max Willner and Andrew Guzick of Vassar 8-6. They met another Vassar pair, Mike Mattelson and Greg Katz, for the flight championship and fell 8-5.
At B Singles, Bates seniors Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.) and Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) faced each other for a berth in the flight finals, with Mannelly prevailing in a battle one might expect between longtime teammates, 6-3, 5-7, 10-6. Mannelly fell to Vassar's Willner in the title match.
At B Doubles, sophomores Jeff Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.) and Sawyer Lawson (Concord, Mass.) began the morning with an 8-2 thrashing of Brandeis' Dave Yovanoff and Steven Milo in the flight semifinals. They fell in the title match to Skidmore's Max Bevan and Ethan Bond.
Vassar College claimed the crown in three of six flights Sunday at the annual Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational, including A Singles, A Doubles and B Singles.
Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational
Oct. 10-11, Bates College
Flight Championship Matches (all played Sunday)
A Flight Singles: Mike Mattelson, Vassar, def. Nick White, Brandeis, 7-5, 6-2
B Flight Singles: Max Willner, Vassar, def. Ryan Mannelly, Bates 6-2, 6-1
C Flight Singles: Steven Milo, Brandeis, def. Ethan Bond, Skidmore, 4-6, 7-5, 10-8
D Flight Singles: Max Bevan, Skidmore, def. Brett Byron, Brandeis, 6-1, 6-0
A Flight Doubles: Mike Mattelson/Greg Katz, Vassar, def. Amrit Rupasinghe/Matt Bettles, Bates, 8-5
B Flight Doubles: Max Bevan/Ethan Bond, Skidmore, def. Jeff Beaton/Sawyer Lawson, Bates, 8-4
At the end of Saturday's action, Bates remained in contention for several tournament titles.
Bates senior Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and first-year Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) had both reached the semifinals of the A Singles Flight, and the two players also teamed up to advance to the semifinals of the A Doubles Flight.
Rupasinghe and Bettles will play Vassar's Max Willner and Andrew Guzick in the semifinals on Sunday. Bettles cruised past Luke Granger of Skidmore and Charles McConnell of Trinity to reach the semis, while Rupasinghe passed by Tommy Kimball of Colby and Scott London of Amherst. Seniors Mike Reiss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) and Max Berger (Concord, N.H.) both won first-round matches in A Singles but fell in the quarterfinal round.
Bates seniors Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.) and Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) both won twice in B Singles and will face each other Sunday morning in the flight semifinals. Mannelly defeated Dill Ayres of Trinity and Amherst's Daniel Keolasy, while Fenno dispatched Josh Jasso of Vassar and Spencer Cheng of Skidmore. First-year Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) won one match at B Singles, against Trinity's Ian Malakoff.
Sophomores Jeff Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.) and Sawyer Lawson (Concord, Mass.) are in the B Doubles semifinals after posting wins over Skidmore's Alex Fromson and Jeremy Hogan and Vassar's Josh Kessler and Shane Donahue.