Ephs pick up win over Polar Bears in penultimate match of the regular season
BRUNSWICK, ME — The Williams College men's tennis team travelled to Maine to face off against Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon to start off their final weekend of regular season action. A strong showing in doubles to sweep all three points put the Ephs well on their way to a 7-2 victory that was consolidated by some resilient three-set singles play. With the win, the Ephs' record goes to 13-5 (NESCAC 6-2) on the season, as the Polar Bears fall to 9-8 (NESCAC 4-4).
The Ephs played some of their best doubles of the season, as they managed to take all three points off the Polar Bears and race out to a commanding 3-0 lead. Eph sophomore Jose Raventos and freshman Rohan Shastri cruised to a straightforward 8-2 win over Polar Bear senior Chris Lord and sophomore Chase Savage at two-doubles. The same scoreline was repeated at the number three position as the Eph sophomore duo of Brian Astrachan and Alexander Schidlovsky downed the Polar Bear junior pairing of Kyle Wolstencroft and Noah Bragg to give the Ephs a 2-0 lead. At one-doubles, the match was much closer, as the Eph combination of senior Matt Micheli and freshman Conrad Harron were down an early break 1-4 to Polar Bear senior Sam King and sophomore Luke Trinka; however, they showed some grit to hang tough, to break back, and then to complete the comeback-win with a late break, taking the match 9-7.
The Ephs took their 3-0 lead into singles, where Raventos continued his strong performance from doubles with a resounding 6-2, 6-0 victory over Polar Bear freshman Hugh Mo at the number six position to bring the overall score to 4-0, leaving the Ephs needing only one point to clinch the match. King put in a strong performance against Shastri at three-singles to get the Polar Bears on the board, taking the first set comfortably 6-1 before Shastri put up a strong fight in the second set, eventually falling 6-4. Micheli deservedly earned the Ephs the match-clinching point, after recovering from losing his first set against Bragg 6-1 to come back firing on all cylinders in the second and third sets, claiming the match for the Ephs 6-3, 6-4.
Both two- and four-singles were already in third sets; however, five-singles split sets after the match had already been clinched in favor of the Ephs, so they played a match-tiebreaker in lieu of a third set, which Eph sophomore Howard Weiss was able to just edge out against Wolstencroft 12-10, after trading 6-3 sets. The Ephs and the Polar Bears split the spoils in the remaining two matches, as Harron was able to down Trinka in three sets 6-2, 2-6, 6-3, but Schidlovsky was upended by Lord after he took the first set by the scoreline of 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
After the match, Eph head coach Dan Greenberg was especially pleased with the resilient performance shown by senior co-captain Matt Micheli: "The match was very close. Matt stepped up big by coming back in both doubles and singles, and the rest of our doubles performances were really strong as well. Bowdoin really made it a tight match in singles, but we were able to close the match out in several third sets."
The Ephs will remain in Maine to play their final match of the regular season on Sunday against Colby in Waterville, looking to go into the postseason on a high note. The match is set to start at 1 PM EDT.
Williams 7, Bowdoin 2
- Micheli, Matt (WILLIAMS) def. Bragg, Noah (BOWDOIN) 1-6, 6-3, 6-4
- Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. Trinka, Luke (BOWDOIN) 6-2, 2-6, 6-3
- King, Sam (BOWDOIN) def. Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) 6-1, 6-4
- Lord, Chris (BOWDOIN) def. Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) 3-6, 6-3, 6-3
- Weiss, Howard (WILLIAMS) def. Wolstencroft, Kyle (BOWDOIN) 3-6, 6-3, 12-10
- Raventos, Jose (WILLIAMS) def. Mo, Hugh (BOWDOIN) 6-2, 6-0
- Micheli, Matt/Harron, Conrad (WILLIAMS) def. King, Sam/Trinka, Luke (BOWDOIN) 9-7
- Raventos, Jose/Shastri, Rohan (WILLIAMS) def. Wolstencroft, Kyle/Bragg, Noah (BOWDOIN) 8-2
- Astrachan, Brian/Schidlovsky, Alexander (WILLIAMS) def. Lord, Chris/Savage, Chase (BOWDOIN) 8-2
Williams 13-5 (NESCAC 6-2), nationally ranked #5
Bowdoin 9-8 (NESCAC 4-4), nationally ranked #12