STONY BROOK, N.Y. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team dominated singles play at the third annual Stony Brook Invitational last weekend. Under the direction of new head coach Conor Smith, making his Bowdoin debut, the Polar Bears were dominant in a tournament that included a handful of Division I schools. Bowdoin's Oscar Pena won the Flight A singles draw while Sam King won Flight B.
Coming off the Division III doubles championship last spring with Stephen Sullivan '11, Pena was pushed to the limit in every match and came through in four three-set affairs. Pena rallied from one set down in each of his first three matches, including a semifinal win over Skidmore's Oliver Loutsenko (4-6, 6-3, 10-8). In the championship tilt, Pena defeated another Skidmore player, Jimmy Sherpa, in a 6-3, 4-6, 10-6 decision.
Sam King didn't have nearly as much trouble in crushing the B-Flight competition without losing a set. After a first-round bye, King cruised to straight-set wins in the quarters and semis before bouncing Mehmet Duru 6-3, 6-1 in the finals.
Bowdoin's other top showing came in the C Flight competition, as Kent Winingham went 2-1 to reach the finals before losing to Stony Brook's Ryan Schmitz, 6-2, 7-6. Winingham claimed a pair of straight-set wins en route to the final match.