Maxwell Berger, Bates College
Max Berger didn't play at the No. 1 singles or doubles positions in his four-year playing career on the Bates College men's tennis team, but he was no less important in the team's many successes, which included staying among the top-ranked men's tennis teams in Division III.
The native of Concord, N.H., resided in the starting lineup for the Bobcats in all four of his years, and Berger was named a team captain as both a junior and senior at Bates. His senior season on the team included a 9-6 record in dual matches at either No. 1 or No. 2 singles, as well as a 12-5 mark on the No. 2 doubles team for Bates, which ended the 2010 spring season ranked No. 26 in Division III.
Berger made the most of his academic opportunities at Bates as well, maintaining a sparkling cumulative grade point average of 3.85 with majors in both economics and Chinese. He was a natural selection to the prestigious Bates Scholar-Athlete Society and won NESCAC Spring All-Academic honors in both years of eligibility, 2009 and 2010.
The title of Berger's thesis in economics is: "The Earned Income Tax Credit: Exploring the Labor Force Decision of Married Women." The title of his thesis in Chinese is: "Contemporary Issues in Chinese Society: Yu Hua's 'I Don't Have a Name of my Own' and Qiu Shanshan's 'Afternoon Tea.'"