Some of the top competitors in the region descended on Williamstown, Massachusetts for the Fall Intercollegiate Tennis Association Northeast Regional Championships this past weekend. Representing Bates at the event were Josh Quijano ‘19, Nick Glover 20’, Chris Ellis ‘18, Pat Ordway ‘17 Duane Davis ‘19, and last but certainly not least Dylan Davis ‘19.
On Friday, all of the Bobcats competed in doubles matches. Fellow seniors, Ordway and Ellis, played together and fell 8-5 in their first match. Davis and Davis’ superior brotherly chemistry was not enough to prevail in their first round match, as they lost to Zale Shah and Scott Altmeyer of Colby. Quijano and Glover proved to be the most successful Bates doubles pairing, as they won their two friday matches and were the only Bates team to advance to the round of 16.
In the singles bracket, Quijano lost in the first round, but fought hard against the top seed Steven Chen. Quijano may be short in stature, but he uses his superb quickness, ball striking ability, and tennis IQ to make up for what he lacks in size. “I put a lot of pressure on myself to play well against the number one seed.” Quijano said. “If I hadn’t been so tight I may have been able to win; he was definitely beatable.”
Quijano’s doubles teammate, Glover, won his first round singles match, but was unable to get past the second round. Ellis, known for his intensity on the court, handily won his first two matches and advanced to play on Saturday.
Ellis, Glover and Quijano returned to the Williams tennis facilities on Saturday looking to continue their winning ways. Ellis showed signs of fatigue, as he fell 6-1, 6-2 to Bowdoin’s Grant Urken in the round of 16. But his defeat can certainly not be attributed to his effort. “Chris is something else,” Quijano explained of his teammate. “No matter what, he gives 110%, and that has a big effect on the rest of the team.”
Meanwhile, the dynamic duo of Glover and Quijano beat Mit’s Sean Ko and and Victor Cheng in the round of 16 on Saturday morning. This set up a big rematch against the Middlebury pair, Hamid Derbani and Kyle Schlanger. Just two weeks ago, Derbani and Schlanger beat the upstart Bates pair 8-6 in the Championship of the Middlebury Invitational. Unfortunately this match ended with a similar result, an 8-1 loss, as Glover and Quijano didn’t click like they had earlier that morning.
Despite this loss, the young pairing of Glover and Quijano are showing a lot of promise for the future. Telling of their natural on court chemistry is the fact that they reached the championship of the Middlebury Invitational the first time they ever played together, including practice. Quijano is not sure where their rapport comes from, but he’s certainly aware of it. “We seem to always know where the other guy is gonna hit, and rarely get mad at each other,” he noted early Monday morning. Bates tennis opponents better be on the lookout for Quijano/Glover, because they are not going away anytime soon.