CLAREMONT, Calif. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team rolled off three-straight wins to close out its spring break trip to California in impressive fashion.
The fifth-ranked Polar Bears (7-2) dropped a 7-2 decision to top-ranked Kenyon on Saturday, but rebounded with a trio of victories, including two over ranked opponents. Bowdoin defeated 28th-ranked Trinity (6-3) and unranked Babson (9-0) on Tuesday before earning a thrilling 5-4 victory over 11th-ranked University of Redlands on Wednesday.
Against top-ranked Kenyon, Bowdoin took a win at #1 doubles from Kyle Wolstencroft and Doug Caplan (8-6), but could only muster one singles point courtesy of Casey Grindon at #2 (7-5, 6-2). The Polar Bears lost three three-set affairs that made the difference in the final result.
Versus Trinity, Bowdoin got a key doubles point from first-year doubles pairing Chase Savage and Luke Trinka at #3 (8-2) and dominated singles action, getting wins from #1 Noah Bragg (4-6, 6-3, 10-5), #2 Grindon (6-2, 6-1), #3 Samuel King (6-3, 6-2), #4 Wolstencroft (6-2, 6-1) and #5 Savage (6-2, 6-1) to clinch the victory.
After its victory over Trinity, Bowdoin overwhelmed Babson 9-0. The Polar Bears jumped out 3-0 in doubles play and cruised from there. Caplan/Wolstencroft (8-5), Savage/Trinka (8-2) and Eric Chien/Peter Davis (8-6) netted the wins in doubles action. Bragg (6-2, 3-6, 6-0), Grindon (6-2, 6-4), Caplan (5-7, 6-1, 10-8), Trinka (6-3, 6-2), Chien (6-1, 6-0) and Davis (6-2, 6-2) took points down the ladder in singles play.
Against Redlands, Bowdoin again got a clutch win from its #3 doubles pairing of Savage and Trinka to trail 2-1 after doubles play. The Polar Bears closed the gap in singles play as #2 Grindon (6-2, 6-2), #3 King (6-4, 6-0) and #6 Savage (7-5, 6-1) each earned straight-set wins. It was Wolstencroft who clinched the match, however, rallying from a one-set deficit at #5 to take a 1-6, 7-5, 6-1 win.
The Polar Bears will return to Maine and return to action next Saturday, March 30, when they host Connecticut College at 2:00 p.m.