BRUNSWICK, Maine -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team entered Friday's match at rival and 10th-ranked Bowdoin with a 20-1 record in doubles play in the Bobcats' past seven matches. But the host Polar Bears turned the tables on the Bobcats, seizing a 3-0 lead after doubles play en route to a 7-2 NESCAC victory.
Bates won its two points at first and third singles, prevailing in pro-set tiebreakers in both cases. Sophomore Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) defeated Bowdoin's Sam King 6-2, 2-6, (11-9) at No. 1, while junior Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) was a 6-4, 3-6, (10-8) winner over Chris Lord at No. 3.
It was the seventh straight win for Bowdoin (9-5, 5-1 NESCAC).
The Bobcats (6-6, 1-3 NESCAC) host Connecticut College in another NESCAC match on Saturday, starting at 2pm.
Bowdoin 7, Bates 2
April 20, 2012 at Bowdoin
1. Sam King/Oscar Pena (Bowdoin) def. Rob Crampton/Matt Bettles (Bates) 8-5
2. Kyle Wolstencroft/Doug Caplan (Bowdoin) def. Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (Bates) 8-4
3. Casey Grindon/Chris Lord (Bowdoin) def. Peter Yanofsky/Kyle DeSisto (Bates) 8-3
1. Berg (Bates) def. King (Bowdoin) 6-2, 2-6, (11-9)
2. Pena (Bowdoin) def. Bettles (Bates) 6-2, 6-4
3. Crampton (Bates) def. Lord (Bowdoin) 6-4, 3-6, (10-8)
4. Grindon (Bowdoin) def. Planche (Bates) 6-0, 6-2
5. Noah Bragg (Bowdoin) def. Jeff Beaton (Bates) 6-4, 6-3
6. Wolstencroft (Bowdoin) def. DeSisto (Bates) 6-0, 6-0