May 11, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
GAMBIER, Ohio — The Earlham College men's tennis team had its most successful season
in the NCAA era come to an end on Friday.
Ohio Athletic Conference champ Baldwin-Wallace College defeated the Quakers 5-4 in
the first round of the NCAA Division III Tournament at Kenyon College.
"We went up against a similar team in terms of strength," Earlham Head Coach Adam
Van Zee said. "Baldwin-Wallace played better than we did on this given day."
Earlham finishes the season at 19-2 overall with a school record for victories. The
Quakers also won their second straight Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference
Tournament title to secure back-to-back NCAA appearances.
Looking for their 17th win in a row, the Quakers grabbed a 2-1 lead after the
doubles competition with the Yellow Jackets (29-0).
Earlham's Andrey Gavrilov and Brad Maisey were the first to finish as they beat
Tyler Beaton and Joe Horvath 8-2 at No. 2.
Baldwin-Wallace picked up a win at No. 3 as Taylor Long and Kyle Patterson won 8-3
over Scott Lawrence and David Bluestein.
Hank Levin and Anton Bartashevich won 8-5 over Alexandre Bourdiaux and Alex Trzeciak
at No. 1 to give the Quakers the advantage.
In singles action, Baldwin-Wallace had three wins in a row to take a 4-2 lead.
Alexander Kearney won 6-1, 6-0 over Lawrence at No. 5, while Beaton defeated
Bluestein 6-1, 6-2 at No. 6.
At No. 2, Horvath won 6-1, 6-3 over Bartashevich.
The Quakers were then able to tie the contest with a pair of victories.
Maisey got the Quakers back on track by taking care of Bourdiaux 6-2, 6-4 at No. 4.
Earlham's final win came from Levin, who had a 6-4, 6-4 decision over Trzeciak at
The battle ended with Gavrilov fighting though cramps in a 7-6, 6-3 loss to
Patterson at No. 3.
Baldwin-Wallace faces Kenyon on Saturday in the second round at 10 a.m.