Sept. 29-30, 2001
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ITA Championships
Women at Williamstown, Mass.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. and WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. — Both Bobcat men's and women's tennis teams competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) New England championships Sept. 29-30. While none of the women, all first-years, advanced past the first round in either the singles or doubles draws at Williams, the men had one of their best-ever performances at MIT.

Junior Alex MacDonald (Bridgeport, Conn.) cruised to the quarterfinals of the singles bracket with straight-set wins over opponents from Brandeis and MIT. He lost to eventual champion Josh Lefkowitz of Williams in the quarters, but not before becoming the only player to take a set off Lefkowitz. Senior captain Ben Lamanna (Barrington, R.I.) made it to the round of 16 with wins over opponents from Bridgewater State and Wesleyan. MacDonald and Lamanna also combined as doubles unit for the first time, where they reached the finals of the draw, putting them one match away from the ITA nationals in Texas. The tandem easily defeated teams from Wheaton and Bridgewater State in the early rounds before dropping top-seeded Lefkowitz and Murray of Williams, 8-6, and third-seeded Lawrence and Khan of Trinity, 8-4, before succumbing to Tufts' Ruttenberg and Peryhia, the fourth seeds, 7-5, 6-2. MacDonald and Lamanna became the first Bobcats to reach the doubles finals at the ITA.

Round One 
Alex Macdonald (Bates) - BYE
Ben Lamanna (Bates) def. Renbenek (Bridgewater St.), 6-3, 6-0
David Meyer (Bates) def. Carolan (Bowdoin), 3-6, 6-2 (3)

Round Two 
Macdonald def. Wright (Wheaton), 6-0, 6-4
Lamanna def. Wong (Wesleyan), 6-2, 6-1
Meyer l. Ingogila (Middlebury), 4-6, 1-6

Sweet 16 
Macdonald def. Hernandez (MIT), 6-5, 6-4
Lamanna l. Augustyn (MIT), 4-6, 1-6

Macdonald l. Lefkowitz (Williams), 6-3, 2-6, 0-6

Men's Doubles

Round One
Macdonald-Lamanna (Bates) def. Longmire-Peck (Wheaton), 8-0 
Meyer-Sam Duval (Bates) l. Reigeluth-Murray (Williams), 9-8 (4) 

Round Two 
Macdonald-Lamanna def. Manchester-Bebbenek (Bridgewater St.), 8-2

Macdonald-Lamanna def. Lefkowitz/Murray (Williams), 8-6

Macdonald-Lamanna def. Lawrence-Khan (Trinity), 8-5

Championship Round 
Macdonald-Lamanna l. Ruttenberg-Perahya (Tufts), 8-6

Women's Singles
Round One 
Lindsay Bracken (Bates) l. Molchen (Amherst), 3-6, 2-6
Tara DeVito (Bates) l. Binot (Williams), 6-3, 0-6, 3-6

Women's Doubles
Round One 
Heather Yost-Bracken (Bates) l. Chen-Chae (Brandeis), 3-8
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