Berg, Planche march on to NCAA Doubles semis

Timmy Berg '14 (left) and Pierre Planche '15 advanced to the NCAA Doubles Championships semifinals with a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win in the quarterfinals. (File courtesy photo from C-M-S Sports Information)

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Bates College men's tennis doubles team of senior Timmy Berg and junior Pierre Planche pulled out a 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 win in the quarterfinal round at the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on Friday afternoon.

Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and Planche (Natick, Mass.) will advance to the semifinals tomorrow morning after edging senior Byron Balkin (Madison, Wis.) and sophomore Jake Humphreys (Kenosha, Wis.) of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Bobcat pair improved to 15-4 on the season while dropping the Warhawk tandem to 9-2 on the year.

Bates' doubles pair will now face senior Joey Fritz (Cincinnati, Ohio) and classmate Justin Reindel (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) of Amherst College tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m. with the finals following at 2 p.m. Fritz and Reindel advanced to the semifinals with a 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 win over David Konstantinov and Chris Schommer of Whittier College.

The Amherst duo topped Bates' pair 8-4 earlier this year on Apr. 12 at the Bobcats' Wallach Tennis Center. The Lord Jeffs claimed the NCAA men's tennis team title earlier this week in Claremont.

Berg and Planche become the first Bates doubles team to reach the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships since Ben Stein '09 and Amrit Rupasinghe '10 took home the NCAA Doubles title in 2009.

The Bobcat duo already earned All-America honors this year after defeating Daniel Albers and Eric Spangler of Salisbury University 6-1, 6-2 in the round of 16 on Thursday afternoon. Albers and Spangler came into the match with a 17-0 record.

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