The Bowdoin women’s tennis team (9-2, 4-1 NESCAC) had not beaten Amherst in a record 13 years until a 5-4 victory over the third-ranked Mammoths last weekend ended the streak. The win comes in the middle of a successful season thus far, including some come-from-behind victories on the four, five and six courts.
Nestled in a corner of the Watson Arena parking lot and enclosed by a high fence, it is easy to overlook the tennis courts and discount the level of athletic ability and competition unfolding there. But the women’s tennis team, honored last season by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association for academic and athletic excellence, looks forward to representing Bowdoin as it continues its fall season and prepares for the spring.
The women’s tennis team (7-5-2) kicked off NESCAC play with a 8-1 win against Connecticut College on Saturday, and a 7-2 win against Babson College on the same day. According to Tasha Christ ’20, the team was pleased with its performance this weekend.
The women’s tennis team had a strong preseason run, ending Friday and Saturday’s Bowdoin Invitational 25-4 and then beating Skidmore the next day 6-3. As the team only has eight members—three first years, two sophomores, two juniors and one senior—all members had the opportunity to play in the Invitational.
Tournament time. The women’s tennis team (13-4, 5-3 NESCAC) is seeded fifth heading into the first round of NESCAC playoffs this weekend where it will face No. 2 Wesleyan (11-3, 5-3 NESCAC). The Polar Bears hope to build off their recent success—an 8-1 win over Babson (10-8) and a 9-0 shutout over MIT (12-8) last weekend—as they go up against a strong Cardinal squad.
After falling 8-1 to Middlebury (8-3, 5-0 NESCAC) on Saturday, the women’s tennis team has a chance to bounce back in its double-header against Tufts (10-3, 3-1 NESCAC) and Williams (9-4, 3-1 NESCAC) this coming weekend.
Straight shutouts. The women’s tennis team is currently 10-2, 4-1 NESCAC after a 9-0 win over Connecticut College (6-5, 0-3 NESCAC) on Sunday. Despite injuries that have weakened the team’s roster, the Polar Bears have won three of their last four games—all dominant 9-0 shutouts—and are currently ranked fourth in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division III poll.