Back to Back! Men's Tennis Claims Second-Straight NESCAC Crown

Bowdoin seniors Luke Tercek, Gil Roddy and Kyle Wolfe with the NESCAC Championship trophy
Bowdoin seniors Luke Tercek, Gil Roddy and Kyle Wolfe with the NESCAC Championship trophy

AMHERST, Mass. - The Bowdoin College men's tennis team claimed its second-straight NESCAC Championship with a big comeback in singles play, defeating rival Middlebury 5-3 in a five-hour marathon Sunday at Amherst College.

The Polar Bears (19-1) win their third conference title overall, having also taken the championship in 2008 in addition to last year. Bowdoin also avenges a regular-season loss to the Panthers (20-4) and earns the NESCAC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was the third consecutive year the teams have played for the league title.

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears had to rally from a 2-1 deficit in doubles play against the Panthers.
  • Middlebury took an early 2-0 lead thanks to wins from Kyle Schlanger/Lubomir Cuba at #1 (8-6) and Peter Martin/Timo van der Geest at #3 (8-4).
  • Bowdoin got a big doubles win from Kyle Wolfe/Jerry Jiang at #2 (8-4) to get on the board heading into singles action.
  • Bowdoin earned the victory with their performance in singles play, winning four of the five completed matches to pull away from the Panthers.
  • Kyle Wolfe brought the Polar Bears even with a 6-1, 6-4 win at #3, but Middlebury regained the lead when Cuba defeated Grant Urken 6-4, 7-6 at #1.
  • Down a set at #2 and #6, Bowdoin's Luke Tercek (3-6, 6-4, 6-2) and Justin Patel (3-6, 6-2, 6-3) came storming back to give the Polar Bears their first lead of the day, 4-3, with two matches left.
  • At #5 Gil Roddy went down a set, but also rallied back to overtake Nate Eazor 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 to clinch the title for Bowdoin.
  • Bowdoin's Jerry Jiang led Kyle Schlanger (5-7, 6-2, 2-0) in the lone unfinished match when decision was reached.

Up Next

  • The Polar Bears will likely host an NCAA Regional at Pickard Courts next weekend. Complete NCAA Division III Championship selections will be announced on Monday at noon.