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Men's tennis wins 6-3 at Pomona-Pitzer

Pierre Planche '15 volleys at the net during his exciting win at No. 4 singles at Pomona-Pitzer on Feb. 21, 2013. Photo by Nicole Russell '13.

CLAREMONT, Calif. -- The No. 15 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team posted an impressive 6-3 victory Thursday night at Pomona-Pitzer, winning two-thirds of both doubles and singles play.

Two-time All-Americans Matt Bettles (Taunton, England) and Rob Crampton (Wilton, Conn.) outfought the Sagehens' Max Sabel and Frankie Allinson 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, while junior Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) put away Chris Wiechert and Kevin Wei 8-4 at second doubles, putting Bates ahead 2-1 going into singles play.

Planche won in two sets at No. 4 singles, including a first-set tiebreaker, to claim Bates' first point in singles play. Next, Bettles dealt Sabel a 6-2, 6-4 defeat, and Berg also prevailed in three sets at third singles over Connor Hudson to clinch Bates' win. Crampton outlasted Wiechert in a third-set super-tiebreaker at No. 1 singles, overcoming a 6-1 loss in the opening set to win and gain the Bobcats' sixth point of the night.

It was the season-opening match for the host Sagehens (0-1). The Bobcats (2-1) play at No. 5 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Saturday at 10am PST to finish up their trip to California.

Bates 6, Pomona-Pitzer 3
Feb. 21, 2013 at Claremont, Calif.

1 - Robert Crampton/Matt Bettles (Bates) def. Max Sabel/Frankie Allinson 8-6
2 - Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (Bates) def. Chris Wiechert/Kevin Wei 8-4
3 - Connor Hudson/Thomas Low (PP) def. Ben Bogard/Peter Yanofsky 8-4

1 - Robert Crampton (Bates) def. Chris Wiechert 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4)
2 - Matt Bettles (Bates) def. Max Sabel 6-2, 6-4
3 - Timmy Berg (Bates) def. Connor Hudson 6-3, 2-6, 6-2
4 - Pierre Planche (Bates) def. Frankie Allinson 7-6 (6), 6-1
5 - Kevin Prescott (PP) def. Henry Lee 6-3, 6-1
6 - Thomas Low (PP) def. Dylan Reffe 6-4, 6-2