WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates College junior Matt Bettles and sophomore Tim Berg both advanced to the quarterfinals of the singles tournament on Saturday at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Men's Tennis Championships at Williams. As was their fate in singles, the duo also made it to the quarterfinals of the doubles tournament on Saturday before being eliminated from further play.
Bettles (Taunton, England), the fourth seed, defeated seeded opponent Brantner Jones of Middlebury in the Round of 16 before falling to sixth-seeded Joey Fritz of Amherst. Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) got past Williams' Bryan Chow 7-6(2), 6-4 in the Round of 16, then bowed out to top seed Felix Sun of Williams.
Bettles and Berg also won a second match in the doubles championship, defeating the Milo/Yovanoff team from Brandeis 8-4 in the Round of 16. The Bates pair was eliminated in the quarterfinal round by fourth-seeded team Meyer/Chow of Williams.
Bettles and Berg went 2-0 in singles play on Friday, the first day of action at the USTA/ITA New England Regional Championships at Williams. They also teamed up to post an 8-0 drubbing of Springfield's O'Leary/Nickerson duo in the first round of the doubles tournament.
Bettles, the fourth seed among 64 players in the singles field, defeated Steven Milo of Brandeis 6-2, 6-4, then posted a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Musyoka Mbithi of Trinity in the second round, setting up a Round of 16 match against Brantner Jones of Middlebury when play resumes Saturday.
Berg, among seeds 9 through 16, defeated Bowdoin's Sam King 6-4, 1-6 (5) in the first round, then edged Amherst's Jon Cypers 6-4, 6-4, advancing to play Williams' Bryan Chow on Saturday in the Round of 16.
Bates sophomore Eric Ruta (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) also notched singles wins. Ruta beat Zachary Goodstein of Clark 6-1, 6-1, in the first round before getting eliminated by Bowdoin's Nico Fenichell. Planche defeated Alec Siegel of Brandeis 6-2, 6-4 before losing to Middlebury's Teddy Fitzgibbons.