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Helfgott wins both matches in loss at No. 23 TCNJ

Katie Helfgott '13

EWING, N.J. -- The Bates College women's tennis team suffered its first loss in three matches, 7-2 at No. 23 nationally ranked The College of New Jersey on Wednesday.

The Bobcats dropped to 9-5 while the host Lions improved to 14-4.

Bates first-year Katie Helfgott (Newton, Mass.) figured in both of Bates' points in the match. She teamed up with sophomore Erika Blauth (Camden, Maine) to defeat Lauren Balsamo and Emily Petersack of TCNJ by an 8-6 score at third doubles. Helfgott then came back from a set down to beat Karisse Bendijo at second singles, 2-6, 7-5, 10-6.

Bates (9-5, 3-3 NESCAC) has its remaining two regular-season matches this weekend at Trinity (Friday 3 p.m.) and at Wesleyan (Sunday 10 a.m.), with a good shot at playing in the six-team NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship, to be held at Amherst on May 7-9.

For more on this story and what's going on with the Bates tennis teams, please catch up with us on the team blog at http://batestennis.wordpress.com/

#23 The College of New Jersey 7, Bates College 2

 Singles competition

1. Jackie Shtemberg (TCNJWOM) def. Meg Anderson (BATES) 6-0, 6-1

2. Katie Helfgott (BATES) def. Karisse Bendijo (TCNJWOM) 2-6, 7-5, 10-6

3. Lauren Balsamo (TCNJWOM) def. Ashley Brunk (BATES) 6-3, 6-1

4. Stefanie Haar (TCNJWOM) def. Erika Blauth (BATES) 6-2, 6-4

5. Paige Aiello (TCNJWOM) def. Jean Gulliver (BATES) 6-0, 6-0

6. Emily Petersack (TCNJWOM) def. Jenna Burke (BATES) 6-0, 7-5

 Doubles competition

1. Jackie Shtemberg/Felice Trinh (TCNJWOM) def. Meg Anderson/Alexandra Piacquad (BATES) 8-3

2. Allison Tierney/Karisse Bendijo (TCNJWOM) def. Ashley Brunk/Nicole Russell (BATES) 8-2

3. Erika Blauth/Katie Helfgott (BATES) def. Lauren Balsamo/Emily Petersack (TCNJWOM) 8-6