HADLEY, Mass. -- The Bates men's tennis team had three players honored as part of the 2012 NESCAC Men's Tennis All-Conference Team, announced Friday by the New England Small College Athletic Conference.
Sophomore Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.), the 2011 NESCAC Rookie of the Year, was named First Team All-Conference at singles. Berg moved up from the third position to No. 1 singles in Bates' singles lineup this year, and responded with an impressive 16-9 record against the top players from Bates' litany of top-notch opponents. Berg was a Second Team All-NESCAC selection at singles last year.
Juniors Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) and Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) were both named to the All-NESCAC Second Team at both singles and doubles. After earning selection as an alternate team for the 2011 NCAA Division III Men's Doubles Championship, the two Bates juniors were picked this year as one of the 16 teams who will vie for the NCAA title May 24-26 in Cary, N.C., while Crampton will also compete in the 32-player singles championship for the first time.
At singles, Crampton became nearly an automatic point for the Bobcats, going undefeated since March 11, a streak of 12 straight wins. Crampton played No. 3 singles for Bates for most of the year, then moved up to No. 2 singles for Bates’ most recent matches against Tufts, Williams and Trinity.
Bettles has won his last six matches, three of them at No. 3, one at No. 1 and two at No. 2. In dual-match play, the vast majority of them played at No. 2 singles for Bates, Bettles owns a 14-4 record, including wins against such nationally ranked opponents as No. 12 Middlebury, No. 3 Williams, No. 24 Trinity, No. 13 Johns Hopkins, No. 21 Mary Washington and No. 29 MIT.
Crampton and Bettles started the season with three consecutive losses at No. 1 doubles for Bates, but since then they have won 12 out of 14 to finish with a record of 12-5. Their victory haul includes six against nationally ranked teams — beginning with the most recent, they are No. 12 Middlebury (twice), No. 3 Williams, No. 24 Trinity, No. 13 Johns Hopkins, No. 21 Mary Washington and No. 29 MIT.
It is the fifth and sixth All-NESCAC honor for Bettles; the third and fourth All-NESCAC honors for Crampton; and the third for Berg, counting the Rookie of the Year award.