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Crampton, Bettles to return to NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS -- For the second straight year, Bates College's Rob Crampton will compete in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship, and will team up with fellow senior Matt Bettles in the doubles championship, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) is one of 32 players who will compete for the singles championship, while Bettles (Taunton, England) and Crampton repeat as one of 16 doubles teams to compete for that title. The Bobcats fared exceptionally well in this scenario a year ago, with Crampton advancing to the semifinals of the singles tournament, while Bettles and Crampton reached the doubles quarterfinals. Both players became two-time All-Americans as a result -- Crampton won his first All-America honor as a singles player in 2011.

Bettles and Crampton are the second-ranked doubles team by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association in the Northeast Region, while Crampton is the region's ninth-ranked singles player.

Bettles and Crampton had their six-match winning streak come to an end on May 4, in Bates' 5-0 loss to No. 1 Amherst in the semifinals of the NESCAC Championship tournament. They finished the regular season with a 21-5 record this year, including a 13-4 mark in dual matches. Crampton was 15-7 in singles play this year, including a 10-6 mark as Bates' No. 1 singles player in dual matches.

The selection of teams and individuals for the championships are based on win-loss record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes.

The team championship will take place May 20-22 and the individual championships May 23-25, both at Stowe Stadium in Kalamazoo, Mich., and will be hosted by Kalamazoo.

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