WILLIAMSTOWN, MA -- In their third consecutive defeat following a four-game winning streak, the Williams College Ephs (ranked #9 in NCAA DIII) were unable to overcome the Bowdoin College Polar Bears (ranked #8) in a 6-3 loss.
The Polar Bears, who had fallen from #4 in NCAA DIII to #8, earned the advantage in both doubles and singles play, taking two out of three doubles matches in addition to four of six singles matches.
The Ephs got on the board first with am 8-4 victory by senior Ananth Raghavan and sophomore Arturo Kam against Bowdoin's Justin Wang and Evan Fortier. The Polar Bears' Justin Patel and Oscar Yang countered with an 8-5 victory over the Williams tandem of senior Deepak Indrakanti and sophomore Austin Barr. Bowdoin won the rubber match on an impressive comeback win by Grant Urban and Jerry Jiang, who overcame a 5-0 deficit to overcome the formidable Eph duo of junior Alex Taylor and freshman Peter Frelinghuysen. In an exhibition match, Williams' Kirun Cheung and Noah Reich defeated Bowdoin's Luke Carstens and Aidan McGrory by an 8-4 score.
The Polar Bears started off singles play in dominant fashion, as Urban shut out Kam in a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Taylor, however, defeated Fortier in two sets as well, by a score of 6-1, 6-3. Bowdoin, however, clinched the match after their next two victories, with Yang and Jiang taking down Indrakanti and Raghavan, each match being decided in two sets. Frelinghuysen put up a valiant fight against Patel, but fell 12-10 in a match tiebreaker, which replaced a third set since the overall match had already been decided. Finally, Reich defeated Carstens in two sets -- the first decided by a tiebreak, but the second by a much wider 6-1 margin.
The Ephs, however, suffered their largest margin of defeat since March 26, when they fell 6-3 to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. "Definitely a tough one today," said Eph assistant coach Felix Sun following the loss. "Looking to find that extra gear tomorrow against Bates."
The good news for the Ephs: they get another chance to bounce back tomorrow against Bates.
1. Grant Urban (B) def. Arturo Kam (W) -- 6-0, 6-0
2. Jerry Jiang (B) def. Ananth Raghavan (W) -- 6-4, 6-3
3. Oscar Yang (B) def. Deepak Indrakanti (W) -- 6-3, 6-3
4. Alex Taylor (W) def. Evan Fortier (B) -- 6-1, 6-3
5. Justin Patel (B) def. Peter Frelinghuysen (W) -- 7-6, 4-6, 12-10 (match tiebreaker)
6. Noah Reich (W) def. Luke Carstens (B) -- 7-6 (5), 6-1