Tennis Teams Open NESCAC Tournament Friday at Amherst

Tennis Teams Open NESCAC Tournament Friday at Amherst

BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College men's and women's tennis teams will take to the court this weekend at Amherst College in search of conference titles at the 2010 NESCAC Tennis Championships. The women's team (9-6, 3-4 NESCAC) is seeded fifth and will face Middlebury at 9:00 a.m. Friday. The Polar Bear men (10-5, 5-3 NESCAC) are seeded fourth and will face Trinity in the opening round Friday at 1:00 p.m.

This will be the second time in three years that Bowdoin and Middlebury (12-4, 4-3 NESCAC) have met in the opening round of the NESCAC Women's Tennis Tournament. During the first day of the 2008 NESCAC tournament, the Polar Bears edged the Panthers by a 5-4 score.

Middlebury won the lone meeting of the regular season back on April 17, 6-3 in Middlebury, Vt., as the Panthers went 2-1 in the doubles session and won 4-of-6 singles matches in straight sets. Since the win over Bowdoin, Middlebury has gone 2-3 to close out the season, downing Colby and Colby-Sawyer before falling to Williams (7-2), Tufts (6-3), and most recently on Saturday at Amherst (5-4).

The Polar Bears will also be looking to snap a three-match skid, having lost four of their last five. Bowdoin has hit the court only twice since it fell to Middlebury, getting swept by the Ephs on April 24 and suffering a 6-3 setback at Tufts on May 1. The Polar Bears missed out on last year’s semifinals with a 5-0 loss to Tufts in the first round. Middlebury, meanwhile, earned a 5-1 win over Trinity but fell to Williams in the semifinals, 5-0.

Friday's winner will face top-seeded Williams on Saturday at 9:00 a.m.

Complete NESCAC Women's Tennis Tournament Information

This will be the third year in a row that the Polar Bear men have faced the Bantams (12-5, 4-4 NESCAC) in the NESCAC tournament, and Bowdoin hopes this meeting will be similar to the last two results. In 2008, Bowdoin upended top-seeded Trinity 6-3 in the semifinals en route to its first league title.

Last year, the Polar Bears came away with a 5-3 win over the Bantams in the first round before falling to eventual champion Middlebury in the semifinals, 5-1. Similar to last season, Bowdoin won the lone meeting of the regular season in California by a 5-4 score and the Polar Bears have gone 5-3 since then, the three losses suffered to the three teams seeded above them.

Trinity has played in nearly double the amount of matches since that match out west on March 24, posting an 11-3 record. The Polar Bears won their final match of the regular season over Maine rival Bates, 7-2, while the Bantams have only one win in their last three outings, falling to Williams on April 29 by a 6-3 decision.

Friday's winner will advance to play top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

Complete NESCAC Men's Tennis Tournament Information