BRUNSWICK, ME – On Saturday, the #4 Williams College Ephs (11-2) played arguably their toughest match yet when they visited Bowdoin to face the #2 Polar Bears (13-1). The ephs had won seven straight entering the weekend, while their opponents dropped their first match of the season against Middlebury the previous Sunday. Both teams had a lot to prove, and at the end of the day, the team from Maine came out on top.
In hindsight, the doubles portion of the match was the difference maker in the final score. The Polar Bears took two of three points, and nearly got a third. However, Jordan Sadowsky '18 and Arturo Kam '21 won 9-7 to save the match from getting out of hand.
In singles, the teams were in a dead heat. Each team had two victories that were won in two sets, and one that had to go into a third. Arturo Kam was able to tie the match with a 6-2 win in his third set, setting up for a great finish. In the final match, Austin Barr '21 faced off against All-American senior Luke Tercek in #2 singles. Barr won the first set 6-3 but lost the second 2-6 after Tercek made a strong comeback. Both players clearly wanted to win the match for their teams, and the scoreline shows how even they were. They had to go into a tiebreak to decide the win, and unfortunately for the Ephs, the veteran Tercek came out on top.
"This was a tough loss, but I'm glad that we bounced back well after a poor doubles start and gave ourselves a chance to win," said head coach Dan Greenberg '08. "We need a better start in doubles and a better finish in singles, so that's be our focus for tomorrow."
Indeed, the Ephs will look to bounce back and prove their mettle tomorrow when they travel to nearby Colby College (8-3). The Mules are unranked, but they beat Trinity and Connecticut College 9-0, so they could prove challenging to the #4 Ephs. The match will take place in Waterville at 10:00 AM.
Bowdoin 5, Williams 4
1. WC- Grodecki d. Urken – 6-4, 7-5
2. BC- Tercek d. Austin Barr, 6-3, 2-6, 7-6
3. BC- Wolfe d. Sachin Raghavan, 6-1, 6-1
4. WC- Ananth Raghavan d. Jiang – 6-2, 6-0
5. BC- Raddy d. Indrakanti – 6-4, 7-6
6. WC- Kam d. Justin Wang – 6-4, 3-6, 6-2