Bowdoin Rallies in Singles Play to Beat Williams and Earn Trip to NESCAC Title Match

Bowdoin Rallies in Singles Play to Beat Williams and Earn Trip to NESCAC Title Match
Chris Lord earned a point in doubles play with Casey Grindon and then clinched the win with a victory at #2 singles

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team advanced to the NESCAC Championship for the first time since 2008 in a 5-3 win over second-seeded Williams College on Saturday afternoon.

The Polar Bears (13-6) will face top-seeded and top-ranked Amherst (28-2) for the conference title at 1:00 p.m. Sunday at Williams College.

Bowdoin had to rally from a 2-1 deficit after doubles play, as Doug Caplan and Kyle Wolstencroft earned the only Polar Bear point at #2 doubles. The Polar Bears dominated singles play, however, drawing even when Casey Grindon won a 7-5, 6-4 point at #4 singles. Williams answered with a win at #1 singles from Trey Meyer over Oscar Pena (7-6, 6-1) to regain the lead, 3-2.

The Polar Bears replied as Wolstencroft claimed a 6-1, 7-6 win at #6 singles and took their first lead of the day when Chris Lord rallied from a one-set deficit to earn a 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 victory at #3. First-year Noah Bragg clinched the match for Bowdoin at #5 singles when he rallied from one set down to take a 2-6, 6-2, 7-5 win.

Bowdoin is in search of its first NESCAC crown since its only title in 2008. The Polar Bears lost a 7-2 decision to Amherst earlier this season in California.

Bowdoin 5, Williams 3
1. Trey Meyer (WILM) def. Oscar Pena (BOWDOINM) 7-6 (7-2), 6-1
2. Felix Sun (WILM) vs. Samuel King (BOWDOINM) 3-6, 6-2, 2-0, unfinished
3. Chris Lord (BOWDOINM) def. Matt Micheli (WILM) 2-6, 7-6, 6-1
4. Casey Grindon (BOWDOINM) def. Zach Weiss (WILM) 7-5, 6-4
5. Noah Bragg (BOWDOINM) def. Bryan Chow (WILM) 2-6, 6-2, 7-5
6. Kyle Wolstencroft (BOWDOINM) def. Will Petrie (WILM) 6-1, 7-6 (7-5)

1. Bryan Chow/Trey Meyer (WILM) def. Oscar Pena/Samuel King (BOWDOINM) 8-2
2. Doug Caplan/Kyle Wolstencroft (BOWDOINM) def. Felix Sun/Matt Micheli (WILM) 8-6
3. Kevin Shallcross/Will Petrie (WILM) def. Casey Grindon/Chris Lord (BOWDOINM) 8-4