MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Bowdoin senior Jerry Jiang and sophomore Justin Wang won the Intercollegiate Tennis Association's Division III New England Regional doubles championship on Sunday at Middlebury College.
In addition to winning the doubles crown, Jiang advanced all the way to the finals of the singles bracket, where he lost in the title match in three sets.
By winning the ITA Regional, Jiang and Wang advance to the 2018 ITA Cup on October 11-14, hosted by Rome Tennis Center at Berry College in Georgia. Complete details available here.
- Seeded fourth headed into the tournament Jiang and Wang needed a tiebreaker to get out of their first round match 8-7 (5) vs. Ng/Chen of Brandeis. The duo then cruised to 8-3 wins over teams from Tufts and Middlebury before defeating a Williams College duo 8-5 in the semifinals.
- In the finals against Cuba/Eazor of Middlebury, Jiang and Wang took the victory 6-3, 7-5 to win the crown. It is the third straight year that a Bowdoin doubles team has taken the title. Jiang joined Kyle Wolfe as the regional champion in 2016 while Grant Urken and Luke Tercek won the crown in 2017.
- Playing his 11th match (single and doubles) over the course of three days, Jiang lost for the first time late Sunday evening in a three-set battle to Boris Sorkin of Tufts 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.
- Jiang won three straight-set matches to advance to the quarterfinals, where he then won a three-setter against Kevin Ma of Amherst (4-6, 6-2, 6-4) and Arturo Kam of Williams (7-5, 2-6, 6-3) to advance to the championship.
- The Polar Bears will compete at the Bates College Wallach Invitational next weekend in Lewiston.