Berg, Planche advance to NCAA Doubles quarters

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Bates College men's tennis doubles team of senior Timmy Berg and junior Pierre Planche took a 6-1, 6-2 win over a previously undefeated Salisbury University pair in the round of 16 at the NCAA Division III Men's Doubles Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on Thursday afternoon.

Pierre Planche '15 (right) and Timmy Berg '14 (2nd from right) shake hands with their Salisbury opponents after their win at the NCAA Doubles Championships on May 22, 2014. (Courtesy photo, C-M-S Sports Information)

In each player's first NCAA appearance, Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and Planche (Natick, Mass.) will now earn All-America honors for advancing to Friday's quarterfinals. 

The Bobcat duo will meet the Wisconsin-Whitewater pair of Byron Balkin and Jake Humphreys, who knocked off the top-seeded team in the field, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Joe Dorn and Warren Wood, by an epic 6-4, 7-5, 6-4 decision. Friday's match will start no earlier than 6pm Eastern time.

Berg and Planche defeated Salisbury junior Daniel Albers (Denville, N.J.) and sophomore Eric Spangler (Clinton, Md.), who came into the match with a 17-0 record on the season. Berg and Planche improved to 14-4 on the year as a doubles pairing with the victory.

Berg and Planche become Bates' fourth doubles team to claim All-America laurels, all of them since 2006. Amrit Rupasinghe '10 and Ben Stein '09 won three All-America honors together, Matt Bettles '13 and Rob Crampton '13 won two together, and Tristan Beach '06 and Will Boe-Wiegaard '06 claimed one. Berg and Planche also become the ninth and 10th All-American players in program history.

For more information on the NCAA Division III Tennis Championships, visit Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' tournament central.