Quarterfinal Bound! Men's Tennis Returns to Kalamazoo With NCAA Win Over Skidmore

Photos courtesy of CIPhotography.com
Photos courtesy of CIPhotography.com

BRUNSWICK, Maine – For the fourth consecutive season, the Bowdoin College men's tennis team has advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals, defeating Skidmore 5-1 in the Third Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament on Saturday afternoon.

Bowdoin (18-4) moves on to face Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the national quarterfinals in Kalamazoo, Mich., on Monday, May 20. Skidmore ends its season with a record of 16-6.

Match Highlights

  • The Polar Bears won a trio of tightly-played doubles matches to take a crucial 3-0 lead out of the gate.
  • Justin Wang and Evan Fortier used a late run to take an 8-4 victory at number two over Travis Leaf / Suraj Mahtani.
  • Bowdoin doubled its lead with an 8-6 victory from Oscar Yang and Justin Patel at the number three position and then took a 3-0 advantage following Grant Urken and Jerry Jiang's 8-6 victory at the top doubles spot.
  • Skidmore drew closer with a 6-2, 6-1 victory from JT Wynne at the number one singles position, but Bowdoin quickly bounced back with a pair of wins by first-years to clinch the match.
  • Evan Fortier pushed Bowdoin's lead to 4-1 with a 6-1, 6-3 victory at number five singles spot.
  • Oscar Yang sealed it for the Polar Bears with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at number three to send Bowdoin to Kalamazoo.

Up Next

  • Bowdoin will be making its fourth straight trip to the NCAA Quarterfinals and sixth overall. The Polar Bears won the national title the last time the event was hosted in Kalamazoo (2016).
  • The Polar Bears will battle top-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the quarterfinals next Monday with match time to be announced.
  • The Polar Bears will be looking to avenge a regular season loss to the Stags, 7-2, in Claremont on March 16.