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Men's tennis gets three points from No. 3 Williams, routs USM

Matt Bettles '13 savors his win at first doubles with Rob Crampton '13 against Williams. (Photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team finished the regular season with a home doubleheader on Sunday, falling 6-3 to NESCAC opponent and third-ranked Williams on Sunday morning before defeating the University of Southern Maine 9-0 in the afternoon at Merrill Indoor Gymnasium.

Bates finishes the regular season 10-7 overall and 4-4 in NESCAC play. The Bobcats are expected to receive the fifth or sixth seed in the six-team NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship next weekend (May 4-6) at Williams. The first-round match would be Friday at 1pm against the third or fourth seed, likely to be Bowdoin or Middlebury.

Bates juniors Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) and Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) both went 2-0 against the Ephs, combining to win 8-5 over Bryan Chow and Richard Meyer at first doubles before winning at second and third singles, respectively, against Felix Sun and Matt Micheli. Sun is currently the top-ranked singles player in the Northeast Region, according to the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, while Crampton is 18th. Bettles is currently ranked 15th in the Northeast, while Micheli is 11th.

First-year Henry Lee (Sag Harbor, N.Y.), junior Dylan Reffe (Washington, D.C.) and sophomore Eric Ruta (Ridgewood, N.J.) all made the most of their chance to play in the starting lineup against the Huskies, all winning decisively in singles play.

The visiting Ephs finished their regular season with a 15-1 record, including a 6-1 mark against NESCAC opponents.

USM (10-5) had a four-match win streak snapped. The Huskies will meet UMass-Boston at home in the first round of the Little East Conference tournament on Tuesday.

Williams 6, Bates 3
April 29, 2012 at Bates (Merrill Indoor Gym)

1. Matt Bettles/Rob Crampton (B) def. Bryan Chow/Richard Meyer (W) 8-5
2. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (W) def. Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (B) 8-5
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie (W) def. Ben Bogard/Peter Yanofsky (B) 8-5

1. Meyer (W) def. Berg (B) 6-4, 6-2
2. Crampton (B) def. Sun (W) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6(6)
3. Bettles (B) def. Micheli (W) 6-3, 7-5
4. Zach Weiss (W) def. Planche (B) 6-4, 6-3
5. Chow (W) def. Jeff Beaton (B) 6-1, 6-1
6. Dylan Page (W) def. Bogard (B) 6-4, 6-4

Bates 9, Southern Maine 0
April 29, 2012 at Bates (Merrill Indoor Gym)

1. Timmy Berg/Matt Bettles (B) def. Adam Whitman/Scott Gagne (SM) 8-0
2. Peter Yanofsky/Ben Bogard (B) def. Zach Caron/Chris Ross (SM) 8-2
3. Jeff Beaton/Dylan Reffe (B) def. Corey Dyke/Zac Cary (SM) 8-1

1. Bettles (B) def. Whitman (SM) 6-0, 6-1
2. Beaton (B) def. Caron (SM) 6-0, 6-0
3. Bogard (B) def. Gagne (SM) 6-0, 6-2
4. Henry Lee (B) def. Thaddeus St. John (SM) 6-0, 6-0
5. Reffe (B) def. Cary (SM) 6-0, 6-0
6. Eric Ruta (B) def. Dyke (SM) 6-1, 6-2