Men's tennis nearly upsets No. 5 Williams

Pierre Planche '15 won at first doubles and second singles for the Bobcats against Williams. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – Bates College men's tennis almost picked five points, but No. 5 nationally-ranked Williams College avoided the upset with a 6-3 win at the Chapman Rink Indoor Tennis Courts on Thursday evening.

The Bobcats (5-8, 2-3 NESCAC) nearly took two points in doubles play, but with a 2-1 lead after that round, the Ephs (11-3, 4-1 NESCAC) captured four of six singles matches to earn the win.

The first doubles duo of senior Timmy Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and junior Pierre Planche (Natick, Mass.) snagged an 8-5 win while the senior tandem of Ben Bogard (Lido Beach, N.Y.) and Peter Yanofsky (Belmont, Mass.) absorbed a 9-8 (4) loss at second doubles.

Planche claimed a 6-2, 6-0 win at second singles, and junior Henry Lee (Sag Harbor, N.Y.) posted a 6-3, 1-6, 7-5 victory at fourth singles.

Berg pushed Williams' Matt Micheli to three sets at first singles, and first-year Brent Feldman (Waccabuc, N.Y.) almost sent his match to a third set before falling 6-0, 7-5.

Next, Bates plays at Brandies on Saturday at 10 a.m.

No. 5 Williams College 6, Bates College 3

April 17, 2014 at Williamstown, Mass. (Chapman Rink Indoor Tennis Courts)


No. 1 – Timmy Berg/Pierre Planche (BAT) defeat Matt Micheli/Alexander Schidlovsky (WIL), 8-5

No. 2 – Howard Weiss/Brian Astrachan (WIL) defeat Ben Bogard/Peter Yanofsky (BAT), 9-8 (4)

No. 3 – Jose Raventos/Roahn Shastri (WIL) defeat Christopher Ellis/Eric Ruta (BAT), 8-4


No. 1 – Matt Micheli (WIL) defeats Timmy Berg (BAT), 4-6, 6-2, 6-2

No. 2 – Pierre Planche (BAT) defeats Howard Weiss (WIL), 6-2, 6-0

No. 3 – Conrad Harron (WIL) defeats Brent Feldman (BAT), 6-0, 7-5

No. 4 – Henry Lee (BAT) defeats Alexander Schidlovsky (WIL), 6-3, 1-6, 7-5

No. 5 – Jose Raventos (WIL) defeats Patrick Ordway (BAT), 6-4, 6-2

No. 6 – Brian Astrachan (WIL) defeats Cosmin Bardan (BAT), 6-4, 6-0