BRUNSWICK, Maine - The Bowdoin College tennis teams have learned their opponents for the opening rounds of the 2012 New England Small College Athletic Conference Tennis Championships hosted by Williams College this weekend.
The Polar Bear women (10-7) are seeded fourth and will play fifth-seeded Tufts (8-9) at 9:00 a.m. on Friday morning in Williamstown. The Polar Bear men (11-6) have secured the third seed and will open on Friday afternoon against sixth-seeded Trinity (9-7) at 1:00 p.m. If victorious, the Bowdoin teams will advance to the NESCAC Semifinals on Saturday.
- NESCAC Women's Tennis Championship Bracket/Schedule
- NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship Bracket/Schedule
The Bowdoin women's team suffered only three losses to league opponents this spring - all of which came at the hands of teams seeded higher than them in this year's tournament. The Polar Bears head into the weekend after recently downing Bates 9-0 on April 26 before coming up short to Williams on April 28, 6-3. Bowdoin will face the Jumbos for the second time in just over two weeks, as Bowdoin claimed the regular season meeting 8-1 on April 19. The setback for Tufts was the first of four in a row over a 10-day period, falling to Williams (8-1), Amherst (7-2), and Middlebury (7-2) during that span. The Jumbos closed out their spring slate with an important 7-2 win over Trinity on April 29 to secure the fifth seed. This will be the third time Bowdoin and Tufts have met in the championship, and each team has a win to its credit in the series.
On the men's side, Bowdoin and Trinity will clash in the opening round for the third time in the last four years. In the 2009 championship, Bowdoin got past Trinity 5-3 before dropping a 5-1 decision to eventual champ Middlebury in the semis. The Bantams turned the tables during the 2010 tournament, earning a 5-2 victory in the opening round that prevented the Polar Bears from making their fourth consecutive semifinal showing. Bowdoin managed to return to the semifinals in 2011 with a 5-1 victory over Tufts, while Trinity fell short to Williams by the same score. It's been an impressive spring so far for the Polar Bears. After suffering a 7-2 setback to Amherst in California on March 20, Bowdoin went on a nine-match tear before losing again, a streak that included a 6-1 win over Trinity on March 31. The Bantams have been idle since falling in their second consecutive match on April 24, 6-3 to Bates. Of note is the fact that the Polar Bears are the only team to advance out of the first round and win the NESCAC title, doing so in thrilling fashion during the 2008 championship.