2008 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship
 Hosted by Middlebury
First Round
Friday, April 25
Saturday, April 26 Sunday, April 27
No. 4 BOW 5, vs. No. 5 BAT 0
No. 4 BOW 6, vs. No. 1 TRI 3
No. 4 BOW 5, at No. 2 MID 4
No. 6 AMH 5, vs. No. 3 WIL 4
at No. 2 MID 6, No. 6 AMH 2  

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Bowdoin Wins 2008 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship

Bowdoin Wins 2008 NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship

Courtesy Middlebury Athletic Communications

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. - Bowdoin won its first NESCAC Men’s Tennis Championship with a dramatic 5-4 win at Middlebury. The Polar Bears earn the league’s automatic bid to the upcoming NCAA Tournament, while Middlebury will hope for an at-large berth.

The Panthers, who were looking for their fifth straight NESCAC title, found themselves trailing 2-1 after doubles play. Middlebury tied the match with a win at #3 singles by Andrew Thomson over Alex Caughron, 6-1, 6-1. Bowdoin regained the lead as Stephen Sullivan was a 6-1, 6-4 winner over Filip Marinkovic in the #2 slot. The lead extended to 4-2 as Garrett Gates earned a 6-4, 7-5 win in a tight #1 singles match over Middlebury’s Andrew Lee.

Bowdoin needed just one of three singles matches remaining for the win, and had taken the first set in two of the three contests. Middlebury’s Andrew Peters defeated Jamie Neely at #4 singles 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to bring the Panthers within one at 4-3. After dropping the first set 7-6 (12), Rich Bonfiglio of Middlebury battled back to pick up 6-2, 6-4 wins over Alex White at #6 singles to tie the match at 4-4.

The final contest between Tyler Anderson of Bowdoin and Middlebury’s Peter O’Dell went to a third set after Anderson took the first set 6-3, and O’Dell was a 7-6 (5) winner in a second set tie-breaker. The final match of the day saw back and forth play, as Anderson pulled out a 6-4 win to clinch the NESCAC title for Bowdoin.

No. 4 Bowdoin 5, vs. No. 2 Middlebury 4

1 - Garrett Gates/Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) def. Filip Marinkovic/Andrew Thomson (Middlebury) – 8-2
2 - Stephen Sullivan/Jamie Neely (Bowdoin) def. Chris Mason/Andrew Lee (Middlebury) – 8-5
3 - Rich Bonfiglio/Andrew Peters (Middlebury) def. Tyler Anderson/Alex White (Bowdoin) – 8-4

1 - Garrett Gates (Bowdoin) def. Andrew Lee (Middlebury) – 6-4, 7-5
2 - Stephen Sullivan (Bowdoin) def. Filip Marinkovic (Middlebury) – 6-1, 6-4
3 - Andrew Thomson (Middlebury) def. Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) – 6-1, 6-1
4 - Andrew Peters (Middlebury) def. Jamie Neely (Bowdoin) – 6-4, 2-6, 6-3
5 - Tyler Anderson (Bowdoin) def. Peter O’Dell (Middlebury) – 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-4
6 - Rich Bonfiglio (Middlebury) def. Alex White (Bowdoin) – 6-7 (12), 6-2, 6-4


Hosted by Middlebury College - Friday-Sunday, April 25-27

Schedule of Matches

First Round - Friday, April 25
1:00 p.m.
No. 6 vs. No. 3
No. 5 vs. No. 4

Semifinals - Saturday, April 26
1:00 a.m.
Winner of No. 5/No. 4 vs. No. 1
Winner of No. 6/No. 3 vs. No. 2

Championship - Sunday, April 27
1:00 a.m.
Semifinal Winners

The top six teams in the conference shall qualify for the championship.  The championship is a single-elimination tournament with no consolation matches.  The No. 1 seed and No. 2 seed shall receive a first round bye.  All matches will be played to conclusion unless there is inclement weather or other extenuating circumstances that the tournament committee believes warrants playing to decision.

Inclement Weather (Tentative)

In foul weather, the women's No. 4/No. 5 match will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside.  Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match.  The women's No. 3/No. 6 match will follow the No. 4/No. 5 match, followed by men's No. 4/No. 5 and men's No. 3/No. 6.  On Saturday in foul weather, the women's top half semifinal (winner No. 4/No. 5 match vs. No. 1) will begin at 8:00 a.m. inside.  Additional matches will begin one half hour after the completion of the previous match.  The women's bottom half semifinal (winner No. 3/No. 6 match vs. No. 2) will go on second, followed by the men's top half semifinal and then the bottom half semifinal.  On Sunday in foul weather, the women's championship match will start at 9:00 a.m.  The men's match will begin at 1:00 p.m. or one half hour after completion of the women's final, whichever is later.

Teams will be selected and seeded based on the following criteria (not in priority order):

  • NESCAC win-loss record
  • NESCAC head-to-head with tied team(s)
  • Wins/losses against other common NESCAC opponents
  • Wins/losses against other common non-conference opponents

Tournament Committee
There will be separate men's and women's tournament committees consisting of four coaches each.  Committee membership will rotate annually based on an alphabetical rotation. 

The tournament committee will notify schools (and the Conference office) of the participating teams and seeding for the tournament.  Participating teams and seeding will be posted on the NESCAC web site after the committee has determined the final seeding and the appeal period has concluded.