Courtesy Williams Sports Information
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Williams men’s tennis team (14-5) advanced to their thirteenth consecutive NCAA Quarterfinals over Bowdoin College (12-8), 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. Fighting against windy weather and chilly conditions, senior captain Karol Furmaga won the decisive fifth point at court six over Bowdoin’s Josh Cranin, 6-3, 7-5.
The Ephs took a 2-1 lead out of doubles play. Bowdoin’s number one pair of Jamie Neely and Oscar Pena took charge at court one over Dicken Chaplin and Bret Thacher, defeating the Williams pair, 8-1. Jeremy Weinberger and Kevin Shallcross delivered a win at court three, 8-3, to even the score while Nick Lebedoff and Will Petrie muscled out a 9-7 win over their Bowdoin counterparts at court two.
Freshman Kevin Shallcross had another speedy win at court five over Neely, 6- 2. 6-4. Another senior captain, Rick Devlin, contributed with a win at court three over Alex Caughron, 6-4, 6-3, before Furmaga iced the win.
Williams will head to California to
take on UC Santa Cruz on Tuesday, May 19.
Williams 5, vs. Bowdoin 1
1 - Pena/Neely (Bowdoin) def. Chaplin/Thacher (Williams) - 8-1
2 - Lebedoff/Petrie (Williams) def. Sullivan/Caughron (Bowdoin) - 9-7
3 - Weinberger/Shallcross (Williams) def. White/Cranin (Bowdoin) - 8-3
1 - Nick Lebedoff (Williams) vs. Stephan Sullivan (Bowdoin) - 6-2, 1-6, 3-3 DNF
2 - Jeremy Weinberger (Williams) vs. Oscar Pena (Bowdoin) - 6-4, 4-6, 5-2 DNF
3 - Rick Devlin (Williams) def. Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) - 6-4, 6-3
4 - Will Petrie (Williams) vs. Alex White (Bowdoin) - 7-6 (8), 5-4 DNF
5 - Kevin Shallcross (Williams) def. Jamie Neely (Bowdoin) - 6-2, 6-4
6 - Karol Furmaga (Williams) def. Josh Cranin (Bowdoin) - 6-3, 7-5