No. 25 men's tennis defeats N.C. Wesleyan, 8-1

Eric Ruta '14 helped the Bobcats win at third doubles. (File photo by Ellen Friedlander)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – No. 25 Bates College men's tennis concluded its three-match swing in Virginia with an 8-1 win over North Carolina Wesleyan College on Sunday afternoon at the Battleground Athletic Complex on the campus of the University of Mary Washington.

The Bobcats (4-6) swept the three doubles matches and took five of six singles matches from the Battling Bishops (7-4).

The first doubles duo of senior Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) captured an 8-3 victory, senior Ben Bogard (Lido Beach, N.Y.) and first-year Patrick Ordway (Falmouth, Maine) pulled out a 9-8 (5) win at second doubles, and the pair of senior Eric Ruta (Ridgewood, N.J.) and first-year Christopher Ellis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) snagged an 8-4 win on court No. 3.

Berg, Planche, and Ellis followed their doubles victories with wins on singles court Nos. 1, 2, and 3 respectively. Berg won 6-3, 6-3, Planche went 6-1, 6-1, and Ellis finished 6-2, 6-3.

Junior Henry Lee (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) recorded a 6-2, 6-2 win on singles court No. 5, and Ordway seized a 6-2, 6-2 victory at the No. 6 singles spot.

Next, Bates hosts Amherst on April 12 at 11 a.m.

No. 25 Bates College 8, North Carolina Wesleyan College 1

March 23, 2014 at Fredericksburg, Va. (Battleground Athletic Complex)


No. 1 – Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (BAT) defeat Mikhail Konnov/Peter Hviid (NCWC), 8-3

No. 2 – Ben Bogard/Patrick Ordway (BAT) defeat Eduard Ugalde/Elias Kerem (NCWC), 9-8 (5)

No. 3 – Eric Ruta/Christopher Ellis (BAT) defeat Ben Tolhurst/Philipp Vylegzhanin (NCWC), 8-4


No. 1 – Timmy Berg (BAT) defeats Mikhail Konnov (NCWC), 6-3, 6-3

No. 2 – Pierre Planche (BAT) defeats Peter Hviid (NCWC), 6-1, 6-1

No. 3 – Christopher Ellis (BAT) defeats Eduardo Ugalde (NCWC), 6-2, 6-3

No. 4 – Elias Kerem (NCWC) defeats Brent Feldman (BAT), 7-5, 6-2

No. 5 – Henry Lee (BAT) defeats Ben Tolhurst (NCWC), 6-2, 6-2

No. 6 – Patrick Ordway (BAT) defeats Philipp Vylegzhanin (NCWC), 6-2, 6-2