Trinity Takes NESCAC First-Round Match Over Bowdoin

Trinity Takes NESCAC First-Round Match Over Bowdoin

AMHERST, Mass. - The fifth-seeded Trinity College men’s tennis team avenged an early-season loss to Bowdoin, taking a 5-2 win over the Polar Bears on day one of the 2010 NESCAC Tennis Championships at Amherst College. The Bantams (13-5) advance to tomorrow’s tournament semifinal where they will take on the top-seeded Panthers of Middlebury College. Bowdoin (10-6) will hope to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament when pairings are announced.

In doubles play, the Bantams pulled out jumped out to a 2-1 lead with wins at both number one and two. In the top spot, Trinity earned an 8-3 win from Spencer Feldman and Anson McCook, while teammates Rich Bonfiglio and Dan Couzens won 8-5 at number two. The Polar Bears were able to avoid the sweep with a tiebreaker win at number three from Casey Grindon and Tyler Anderson. The Bowdoin pair edged Badid Dessau and Charles MCConnell from Trinity 9-8 (7-2).

Bowdoin won just one of the first three singles matches to finish, with that coming via a 6-2, 6-3 result from Grindon at number five. While Grindon pulled off the win over McConnell from Trinity, Bantam teammates McCook and Bonfiglio won in straight sets at numbers two and three. McCook topped Nicholas Fenichell 6-0, 6-3, while Bonfilgio topped Tyler Anderson 7-5, 6-0.

The decisive fifth point was earned in come-from-behind fashion by Dan Couzens of Trinity in the number four bout. After dropping the first set 3-6 to Jamie Neeley, Couzens pulled out 6-3 and 6-4 results in the second and third frames to close out the match for the Bantams.

Trinity 5, Bowdoin 2
Singles:
1. Stephen Sullivan (BOW) vs. Spencer Feldman (TRI) 3-6, 6-2, 3-1, unfinished
2. Anson McCook (TRI) def. Nicholas Fenichell (BOW) 6-0, 6-3
3. Rich Bonfiglio (TRI) def. Tyler Anderson (BOW) 7-5, 6-0
4. Dan Couzens (TRI) def. Jamie Neely (BOW) 3-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Casey Grindon (BOW) def. Charles McConnell (TRI) 6-2, 6-3
6. Adam Davis (BOW) vs. Adam Lanza (TRI) 7-5, 1-6, 3-3, unfinished

Doubles:
1. Spencer Feldman/Anson McCook (TRI) def. Stephen Sullivan/Jamie Neely (BOW) 8-3
2. Rich Bonfiglio/Dan Couzens (TRI) def. Kent Winingham/Alex Jacobs (BOW) 8-5
3. Casey Grindon/Tyler Anderson (BOW) def. David Dessau/Charles McConnell (TRI) 9-8