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Crampton, Crampton/Bettles All-American once again

KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- Bates senior Rob Crampton, playing in his third match of the day, teamed up with senior Matt Bettles to defeat Frankie Allinson and Max Sabel of Pomona-Pitzer 6-4, 6-2 in the Round of 16 of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships on Thursday night, a victory that made both players All-Americans once again.

The Bobcat co-captains will return to the national quarterfinals on Friday, to face the third-seeded team, North Carolina Wesleyan's Robert Kjellberg and Artsiom Prostak. The match starts at 4:30pm Central.

Rob Crampton became the third four-time All-American in Bates men's tennis history on May 23, 2013. File photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Rob Crampton became the third four-time All-American in Bates men's tennis history on May 23, 2013. File photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Earlier in the day, Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) notched a gritty 7-6, 5-7, 6-4 victory over Texas-Tyler junior Daniel Brown in the first round of the NCAA Singles Championship, 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.

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Bettles and Crampton look to move into the semifinals on Saturday against North Carolina Wesleyan. File photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.

Bettles and Crampton look to move into the semifinals on Saturday against North Carolina Wesleyan. File photo by Michael Bradley/Bates College.