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ITA names Bettles its Northeast Region Player to Watch

Matt Bettles '13 became Bates' seventh All-American men's tennis player at the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Championship in Claremont, Calif.

SKILLMAN, N.J. -- Bates College sophomore All-American Matt Bettles was named Division III Player to Watch from the Northeast Region by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, which handed out its year-end awards on Monday.

Bettles (Taunton, England) earned his first NCAA All-America honors on May 27 by reaching the Round of 16 at the Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship. Bettles defeated Max Woods, a senior from Washington University in St. Louis, in three sets in the opening round of play, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Bettles advanced to the Round of 16 in the longest match of the Round of 32, clinching All-America status. He then fell 6-3, 6-1 in the Round of 16 to the top seed, Emory University's Dylan Pottish, but he still became the team's seventh All-American men's tennis player and the fifth in the past six years.

Bettles finished the season with a 17-13 head-to-head record against opponents' top players, in addition to NCAA championship competition. He was also 15-7 this year as a doubles partner with sophomore Rob Crampton (wilton, Conn.), and the duo were named alternates to compete at NCAA's. Bettles and Crampton were All-NESCAC Second Team Doubles selections, while Bettles was also a First Team Singles All-NESCAC selection.

2011 NCAA Division III Men's ITA Awards