MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- The Bates men's tennis team got the 2018-19 season off to a strong start at the Middlebury Invitational this weekend, advancing to compete in the finals of both the A Doubles and A Singles flights.
First-year Pieter Wernink (Glen Cove, N.Y.) strung together three straight wins to reach Sunday afternoon's A Singles Flight championship match, falling 6-0, 6-2 to Boris Sorkin of Tufts. Directly beforehand, Wernink had defeated Tufts' Ben Biswas 6-4, 4-6, (6) in the flight semifinals. In Saturday's action, Wernink advanced uncontested past top-seeded Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury, then defeated JT Wynne of Skidmore 7-6 (3), 4-2 (ret.).
Meanwhile senior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) won three straight matches to reach Sunday morning's A Doubles flight championship, including an 8-5 victory over Middlebury's third-seeded duo of Noah Farrell and Peter Martin Sunday morning. The Bates team retired in defeat to Adam Tzeng and Jackson Kogan of Brandeis in the final. On Saturday, they opened by defeating second-seeded Sebastian Castillo-Sanchez and Zack Ebenfeld of RPI by an 8-5 score, then defeated Skidmore's Jason Keye and Jack McClaren 8-4 in the quarterfinals.
Bates also picked up one win in the B Doubles Flight on Saturday, with sophomore Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) and first-year Wilder Geier (Cleveland, Ohio) scoring a 9-8 (0) win over Zachary Hilty and Akash Verma of Tufts, before they fell in the flight quarterfinals to the third-seeded team from Brandeis, Rohan Vohra and Nikhil Das.