KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The college tennis careers of two Bates greats came to a close on Friday in the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Doubles Championship Quarterfinals, as seniors Matt Bettles and Rob Crampton fell in three sets to the third-seeded team in the original field of 16 teams, North Carolina Wesleyan's Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.
Bettles (Taunton, England) and Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) secured their third and fourth career All-America honors, respectively, in Thursday's action, defeating Frankie Allinson and Max Sabel of Pomona-Pitzer 6-4, 6-2 in the opening Round of 16 to reach the national quarterfinals for the second straight year.
Thursday's doubles win came after Crampton had played two matches in the Singles Championship earlier in the day. He began with a gritty 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Texas-Tyler junior Daniel Brown in the first round, advancing him into the Round of 16, and making him Bates’ fourth player ever to win three All-America honors.
Crampton faced a fellow big hitter in Paul Burgin of Kenyon in the second round, and posted a 6-4 win in the opening set. Crampton built a 4-1 lead in the second set, but Burgin surged past him for a 6-4 set win to even the match. Crampton surrendered a 6-0 third set to finish his play in the singles tournament and move on to the first round of the doubles championship.
Will Boe-Wiegaard ’06?s five All-America honors leads Bates’ all-time list, followed by Ben Stein ’09 and Crampton with four apiece. Bettles (Taunton, England) ties Amrit Rupasinghe ’10 for fourth on the list, with three All-America honors apiece.