LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates junior Matt Bettles won the A Singles Flight championship as well as the A Doubles title with sophomore Timmy Berg, as the Bates men's tennis team claimed three out of six flight titles at the annual two-day Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational.
Bettles (Taunton, England) beat Oliver Loutsenko of Skidmore 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7, to capture the Wallach A Singles title, after defeating Chris Lord of Bowdoin 6-0, 5-7, 10-2 in the flight semifinals. Loutsenko had defeated Bettles' teammate Berg in the semifinals in yet another marathon match, 3-6, 7-5 (10-8).
Bettles and Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) defeated Amherst's Alex Kim and Justin Hendrix in the A Doubles semifinals on Sunday morning, 8-4, then outlasted second seeds Alec Hoblitzell and Jimmy Sherpa by a 9-8 (13-11) score in the championship match.
Bates junior Dylan Reffe (Washington, D.C.) claimed the D Singles Flight championship, beating David Myers of Trinity, 5-7, 7-6(5) 10-6. Berg got past Will Rives of Amherst earlier in the day in the semifinal round by a 6-3, 6-4 score.
2011 Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational
Flight Championship Matches
Sunday, Oct. 9; Lewiston, Maine
A Doubles: Matt Bettles/Tim Berg (Bates) def. Alec Hoblitzell/Jimmy Sherpa (Skidmore), 9-8 (13-11)
B Doubles: Ilya Levin/David Myers (Trinity) def. Peter Davis/Alex Chien (Bowdoin), 8-5
A Singles: Matt Bettles (Bates) def. Oliver Loutsenko (Skidmore) 2-6, 7-6(4), 10-7
B Singles: Kyle Wolstencroft (Bowdoin) def. Ilya Levin (Trinity) 4-6, 6-3, 11-9
C Singles: Miles Ransom (Skidmore) def. Kayong Lee (Trinity) in walkover (injury)
D Singles: Dylan Reffe (Bates) def. David Myers (Trinity), 5-7, 7-6(5) 10-6
Links to Draws (.xlsx spreadsheets):
Bettles and Berg lived up to claiming the top two seeds in the A Singles Flight of the annual Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational, as both players advanced to Sunday's flight semifinals on Saturday.
Bettles and Berg also made the Doubles A Flight semifinals, on the strength of their 8-1 defeat of Trinity's Ned Mandel and Dill Ayres in the flight quarterfinals. They are the top seeds in that flight as well.
Bates also has a semifinalist pair in the B Doubles Flight: senior captain Jeff Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.) and sophomore Peter Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.), seeded second, edged Daniel Keolosy and Sam Sperling of Amherst by a 9-8(3) score.
In D Singles, Reffe and sophomore Ben Bogard (Lido Beach, N.Y.) both advanced to the semifinals. Reffe defeated George Wheatley of Trinity 6-3, 6-3, while Bogard notched a 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Skidmore's Max Bevan, folloewd by a 6-2, 6-4 win over Mike DeFeo of Brandeis. First-year Henry Lee (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) also won a match in D Singles, defeating Gabe Steerman of Skidmore 6-1, 5-7 (10-3) in the Round of 16.