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Men's tennis wins five matches at Middlebury Invitational







MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's tennis team won five matches on Saturday at the annual Middlebury Invitational, with all Bobcats but one getting eliminated from further competition by the end of the day.

Junior All-American Matt Bettles (Taunton, England), the second seed in the Singles A Flight, routed Jimmy Newton of Ithaca 6-0, 6-1 in the opening round, but fell to Middlebury's Alec Parower in a hard-fought quarterfinal match, 7-6 (4), 4-6 (4).

In the Singles D Flight, junior Dylan Reffe (Washington, D.C.) defeated Trinity's Dill Ayres 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinal round. Reffe, Bates' lone competitor on Sunday, fell to Middlebury's Chris Frost in the flight semifinals.

Bates won all three of its Doubles A Flight matches in the Round of 16, but all three pairs fell in the quarterfinal round. Gaining wins in the first round were Bettles and sophomore Tim Berg (Bradenton, Fla.), 8-5 over Milo/Yovanoff of Brandeis; senior Jeff Beaton (Haverhill, Mass.) and sophomore Peter Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.), 8-5 over McCook/Mandel of Trinity; and junior Kyle DeSisto (Cohasset, Mass.) and first-year Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) over Skidmore's Granger/Bevan duo.