April 8, 1999  

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Bates 4, Bowdoin 3
at Lewiston, Maine


1) Dmitri Kudrjavtsev (Ba) def. Adam Schwartz (Bo), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)
2) Greg Norton (Ba) def. Tyler Post (Bo), 6-2, 6-2
3) Milko Todorov (Ba) l. Patrick Fleury (Bo),  3-6, 4-6
4) Ben Lamanna (Ba) def. Evan Klein (Bo), 6-1, 6-4
5) John Tucker (Ba) l. Jeff Gilberg (Bo), 1-6, 2-6
6) Sean Bilsborrow-Koo (Ba) l. Chris Laurey (Bo) 6-3, 2-6, 1-6


1) Todorov/Norton (Ba) def. Post/Schwartz (Bo), 8-6
2) Billsborrow-Koo/Lamanna (Ba) def. Fleury/Gilberg (Bo), 8-6
3) Tucker/Chris Danforth (Ba) Klein/Earl Gillespie (Bo), 4-8
In their only home match of the season, the Bobcats claimed their first CBB title since 1996 with a 4-3 victory over Bowdoin. It was Bates' first win over the Polar Bears since that year, when the Bobcats were 12-2 in thre regular season, earning their first-ever NCAA Division III team tournament berth.

The Bobcats started the afternoon in the right direction, picking up the doubles point by winning a pair of 8-6 decisions at Nos. 1 and 2. In singles play, Bates had a pair of dominating wins at No. 2 and No. 4. Sophomore Greg Norton (Mansfield, Mass.) picked up the Bobcats' first singles win at No. 2 with a 6-2, 6-2 victory, while on the same court after Norton, classmate Ben Lamanna (Barrington, R.I.) took a 6-1, 6-4 decision, breaking early in the second set and winning out. The match of the day was played by sophomore Dmitri Kudrjavtsev (Tallin, Estonia) at No. 1. Kudrjavtsev took the court for singles at the same time as Norton, but didn't finish until nearly four hours later, even after Lammana completed his win at No. 4. Kudrjavtsev dropped the first set, 4-6, but came back to win nine of the next 12 games. After taking the second set 6-3 and breaking twice to go up 3-0 in the third, Kudrjavtsev let his opponent back into the match, forcing it to a tie-breaker. He settled down in the final game with a 7-2 victory to give coach Paul Gastonguay '89 his first win over the Polar Bears. Bates' record stands at 3-3, while Bowdoin dropped to 4-4.

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