WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- Bates College seniors Matt Bettles and Rob Crampton advanced to the championship doubles match of the USTA/ITA New England Men’s Tennis Tournament on Sunday, before bowing out in a classic 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 decision to Williams duo Matt Micheli and Trey Meyer.
Bettles (Taunton, England) and Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) were Bates' final representatives at the tournament, which included a fair share of wins for the 14th-ranked Bobcats. They made it to Sunday afternoon's final with an 8-4 win over another Williams pair, Chow and Astrachan.
Bettles advanced the farthest in singles play at the tournament for Bates, winning a pair of matches before falling to Amherst's Ben Fife in the Round of 16, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6(7-2), on Saturday. The sixth-seeded Bettles defeated Antoine Martin of Clark in the first round on Friday, 6-4, 6-2, then defeated MIT's Kevin Wang 3-6, 7-5, 10-3 in the second round.
Crampton, seeded second after winning the A Singles Flight at the Middlebury Invitational, opened singles play with a 7-6(1), 6-2 win over Trinity's Ilya Levin, but he was upset in the second round in a tiebreaker by Brandon Roode of Nichols, 1-6, 7-5, 10-5.
Sophomore Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) went 1-1 in singles play. Planche posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Bowdoin's Doug Caplan in the first round, moving on to face the top-seeded player in the field, Amherst's Mark Kahan, who eked past Planche in the first set en route to a 7-5, 6-1 win.
Junior Peter Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) also competed in the singles bracket and lost a close first-round match to Connecticut College's Josh Suneby on Friday, 4-6, 6-3, 10-4.
The Small College (NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community College) singles and doubles champions from the USTA/ITA Regional Championships will advance to the USTA/ITA National Small College Championships, held October 11-14 at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center in Mobile, Alabama. The USTA/ITA National Small College Championships are comprised of the eight regional champions (and/or at-large selections) from NCAA Divisions II and III, NAIA and Junior/Community Colleges.