Berg, Planche win in semis, fall in finals at NCAAs

CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Bates College men's tennis doubles team of senior Timmy Berg and junior Pierre Planche won its semifinal match before falling in the finals of the NCAA Division III Doubles Championships at the Biszantz Family Tennis Center on Saturday afternoon.

Berg (Bradenton, Fla.) and Planche (Natick, Mass.) beat Joey Fritz and Justin Reindel of Amherst College in the semifinals, 6-2, 7-5, to advance to the final match later in the day. The Bobcat tandem avenged an 8-4 loss to the Lord Jeffs' duo from earlier this season on Apr. 12.

Timmy Berg '14 (left) and Pierre Planche '15 celebrate their victory in the semifinals of the NCAA Doubles Championships. (Photo by Ellen Friedlander)

The Bobcat duo then faced fourth-seeded Eric Klawitter and Chris Krimbill of Case Western and dropped a 6-3, 6-4 decision to the Spartans' pairing. Berg and Planche finished the year with a 16-5 record as a doubles team.

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

Bates' Berg and Planche booked a spot in the semifinals after edging Byron Balkin and Jake Humphreys of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, on Friday afternoon.

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.