|Playing in possibly his last match for Bates, Amrit Rupasinghe '10 teamed up with freshman Matt Bettles for a close match against Williams' top doubles team.|
AMHERST, Mass. -- The Bates College men's tennis team fell 5-0 to Williams on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship, in a match that was closer than the team score would indicate.
With the win, the third-seeded Ephs will face No. 2 seed Amherst in the conference semifinals tomorrow at 1 p.m.
Williams, ranked No. 12 in the latest Division III poll, improves to 10-5, while No. 26 Bates falls to 11-7.
The sixth-seeded Bobcats fell behind 3-0 after the Ephs pulled out a trio of close results in doubles play, with Bates winning at least five games in each match. At number one, Bryan Chow and Dicken Chaplin pulled out an 8-6 win over senior Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) and first-year Matthew Bettles (Taunton, England). At number two, Beck Lebedoff and Will Petrie were taken to extra games by senior Maxwell Berger (Concord, N.H.) and sophomore Jeffrey Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.) before winning 9-7. Completing the sweep for Williams at number three was Felix Sun and Richard Meyer with an 8-5 win over first-year Robert Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) and senior Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.).
In singles play, the bottom third of the Eph ladder got the job done to seal the win for Williams. At number six singles, Meyer defeated Fenno 6-1, 6-0, before Zach Weiss sealed the match at number five 6-2, 6-1. In the four remaining singles matches, Williams was up a set on every court, with Bates leading every match in the second set. The comeback efforts were called off when the fifth and final point was earned.
For more on this story and what's going on with the Bates tennis teams, please catch up with us on the team blog at http://batestennis.wordpress.com/