March 19, 2012

Youngsters Shine as Polar Bears Bounce Washington U at Stag-Hen Invitational

CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team knocked off 11th-ranked Washington University and went 1-1 at the Stag-Hen Invitational over the weekend.

The Polar Bears stand at 2-4 overall (2-3 this spring) with the win over Wash U, 6-3, and loss to 18th-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-4, on Friday. The final day of the tourney was rained out on Saturday.

Bowdoin gained a pair of important doubles points against Wash U courtesy of Sam King and Oscar Pena at #1 as well as rookies Kyle Wolstencroft and Doug Caplan at #2. Pena notched a win at #2 singles as well, along with Noah Bragg (#4), Chris Lord (#5) and Wolstencroft (#6) to clinch the victory.

The Polar Bears couldn't recover from a 3-0 deficit after doubles play to C-M-S, but continued to get strong play from the bottom of the singles ladder. Lord, Bragg and Wolstencroft all earned their second wins of the weekend along with a point at #3 from Casey Grindon in the close 5-4 setback.

Bowdoin will look to get back into the win column with its first conference match of the year on Tuesday against Amherst in Claremont. The Polar Bears will then close out their spring trip on Wednesday against Salisbury in Pacific Palisades.

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