The men’s team finished up their season with a 3-4 record in April. The Bobcats lost to Amherst 9-0, bested Tufts 7-2, lost to Williams 6-3, and beat Brandeis 5-4. Within the last week, the team played Bowdoin, Trinity, and Wesleyan. Bates was without 3rd singles and 3rd doubles player Chris Ellis, who had to pull out due to a hamstring injury. Bates beat the 11th nationally ranked Bowdoin team 5-4 for the first time since 2007.
The ‘Cats started out strong, sweeping doubles with Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche winning 1st doubles, Ben Bogard and Peter Yanofsky winning 2nd doubles, and Henry Lee and Eric Ruta winning 3rd doubles. The Polar Bears bounced back, winning four singles matches in a row. However, freshman Pat Ordway won his match at fifth singles to tie the match up at 4-4. The only match left on court was one singles, where Timmy Berg and Noah Bragg were grinding in a close match. Both sets went to a tiebreak, but Berg persevered to close out the victory in straight sets. “This win is probably one of the more memorable matches I’ve ever played” said Berg. “The whole team really came together and fought hard.”
After the big win against Bowdoin, Bates traveled to Connecticut to face Trinity and Wesleyan. They lost a close 6-3 match to Trinity, who went ahead 2-1 in doubles and kept up the pressure the whole time. “I felt the team competed well; the results just didn’t go our way” said captain Ben Bogard. Bates put the loss behind them and went up against Wesleyan the next day. The Bobcats went up 2-1 in doubles play, but the Cardinals won 5 of the 6 singles to defeat the Bobcats 6-3. With the loss, the team fell to 3-5 in NESCAC play and as a result was not selected to the NESCAC tournament bid for nationals.
Despite the tough loss, Coach Paul Gastonguay was thrilled with how the team competed. After the match, the team stood in a circle and Coach Gastonguay said, “It’s been a pleasure working with you guys this season and I’ve never been more proud of another team that I have coached.” The team really embraced a culture that led to their success and competitive spirit. Senior Timmy Berg and junior Pierre Planche will represent Bates in the national division 3 doubles tournament at Claremont Mudd-Scripps.
The women’s tennis team finished up their last month of play with a 1-8 record overall. In early April, the team posted a 5-4 victory over Babson. Unfortunately, the ‘Cats faced some of their toughest opponents, the majority of whom are nationally ranked inside the top 25. The team lost to MIT, Amherst, and Trinity 9-0. They also suffered two 7-2 losses to Wellesley and Wesleyan. The team lost to Brandeis 6-3 and to Tufts and Bowdoin 8-1. Despite the losses to end the season, the team finished with a 7-9 record overall. The women’s team has a strong freshman class and is looking forward to competing just as hard next year as they did this year. Freshman Kate Rosenthal commented, “This season was a lot of fun. We have a great group of girls and I know next season will be just as enjoyable as this one.”