|Matt Bettles '13 (above) and Rob Crampton '13 teamed up to win at first doubles, and both earned singles victories as well against Babson. (File photo)|
LEWISTON, Maine -- The nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team scored a 9-0 win over Babson on Friday in their spring home opener at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium, then defeated the University of Southern Maine 9-0 in a match that lasted well past 11 p.m.
The Bobcats, rated No. 24 in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III rankings, rose to 3-2 this year, playing their first dual match of the year outside of Florida. This was the first match of the year for the visiting Huskies. Babson dipped to 1-2.
Bates first-year Tim Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and senior Sam Woods (Cambridge, N.Y.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles to put away USM senior Zach Caron (North Conway, N.H.) and junior Matt Larson (Cape Elizabeth, Maine), 8-1. The Bobcats surrendered only four points in taking a 3-0 lead into singles play.
Big-serving first-year Peter Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) set the tone for Bates at No. 1 singles, defeating Caron 6-3, 6-1 in the most contested singles match of the night.
In the win over Babson, Bates sophomore Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) teamed up with classmate Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) for an 8-3 win at first doubles over Babson first-year Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) and sophomore Simeon Human (Trelex, Switzerland). Bettles then posted a 6-0, 6-3 win over Henry at No. 1 singles to pace the Bobcats, who won in straight sets in each singles match. In the evening's closest singles match, Yanofsky defeated Babson junior Taylor Dutton (Portland, Ore.) in a second-set tiebreaker, 6-3, 7-6 (2).
Bates plays a non-conference match at MIT on March 12 at noon.
Bates 9, Southern Maine 0
March 4, 2011 at Bates
#1 Tim Berg/Sam Woods (Bates) def. Zach Caron/Matt Larson (USM), 8-1
#2 Jeff Beaton/Kyle DeSisto (Bates) def. Jon Sproul/Mike Samazin (USM), 8-2
#3 Eric Ruta/Ben Bogard (Bates) def. Corey Dyke/Chris Ross (USM), 8-1
#1 Peter Yanofsky (Bates) def. Caron (USM), 6-3 6-1
#2 DeSisto (Bates) def. Larson (USM), 6-1 6-1
#3 Ruta (Bates) def. Sproul (USM), 6-1 6-0
#4 Bogard (Bates) def. Samazin (USM), 6-0 6-0
#5 Dylan Reffe (Bates) def. Ross (USM), 6-2 6-0
#6 Ray Chase (Bates) def. Dyke (USM), 6-1 6-0
Bates 9, Babson 0
March 4, 2011 at Bates
#1 Matt Bettles/Rob Crampton (Bates) def. Mitch Henry/Simeon Human (Babson), 8-3
#2 Tim Berg/Sam Woods (Bates) def. Taylor Dutton/Austin Conti (Babson), 8-4
#3 Jeff Beaton/Kyle DeSisto (Bates) def. Danny Schneider/Nissim Cohen-Sabban (Babson), 8-1
#1 Bettles def. Henry, 6-0, 6-3
#2 Berg def. Conti, 6-2, 6-0
#3 Crampton def. Human, 6-2, 6-1
#4 Jeffrey Beaton (Bates) def. Cohen-Sabban, 6-2, 6-2
#5 Peter Yanofsky (Bates) def. Dutton, 6-3, 7-6 (2)
#6 DeSisto def. Schneider, 6-1, 6-0