Bowdoin Downs Trinity 5-3 in First Round of Men's Tennis Championship

Courtesy Williams Sports Information

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.  - Bowdoin advanced to the semifinals of the 2009 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship with a 5-3 win against Trinity. The Polar Bears will take on top-seeded Middlebury on Saturday at at Williams at 9:00 a.m. During last year's championship, Bowdoin downed Middlebury 5-4 in the final for the Polar Bears' first NESCAC title.

The first time that fourth-seeded Bowdoin (11-5) and fifth-seeded Trinity (10-6) met back on March 17th in Pomona, CA, the Bowdoin Polar Bears clawed back from a 1-2 doubles deficit to win 5-4 by capturing four of six singles encounters.

Today, playing indoors at another neutral site – Lansing Chapman Rink at Williams College, Bowdoin opened the match by sweeping the doubles matches and taking a commanding 3-0 lead.

At one doubles Oscar Pena and Jamie Neely (B) downed the Bantams' top duo of Anson McCook and David Yahng 8-6. Bowdoin's Stephen Sullivan and Alex Caughron downed Trinity's Spencer Feldman and Nicholas White 8-5.

Third doubles was decided in a tie-breaker as the Polar Bear team of Alex White and Tyler Anderson overcame the Bantam duo of Gautam Samarth and Charles McConnell 9-8 (7-5).

After doubles the Bantams captured three singles matches, before Bowdoin was able to win at five and six. Senior captain Alex White put the match in the win column for the Polar Bears when he won at five, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 4 Bowdoin 5, vs. No. 5 Trinity 3

1 - Oscar Pena/Jamie Neely (Bowdoin) def. David Yahng/Anson McCook (Trinity) - 8-4
2 - Stephan Sullivan/Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) def. Nick White/Spencer Feldman (Trinity) - 8-3
3 - Alex White/Tyler Anderson (Bowdoin) def. Charles McConnell/Gautam Samarth (Trinity) - 9-8 (7-5)

1 - Spencer Feldman (Trinity) def. Stephan Sullivan (Bowdoin) - 6-3, 6-4
2 - Gautam Samarth (Trinity) def. Oscar Pena (Bowdoin) - 7-5, 6-4
3 - Anson McCook (Trinity) def. Tyler Anderson (Bowdoin) - 7-5, 6-2
4 - Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) vs. David Yahng (Trinity) - 6-3, 6-6 DNF
5 - Alex White (Bowdoin) def. Nick White (Trinity) - 6-2, 6-3
6 - Jamie Neely (Bowdoin) def. Adam Lanza (Trinity) - 6-2, 6-4