Oct. 3, 2004
CAMBRIDGE, MASS. - Middlebury's Brian Waldron outlasted MIT's Evan Tindell in three sets to ensure the 2004 New England Regional Men's Tennis Singles Championship and an automatic berth in the National Small College Championships. Meanwhile, Middlebury's sophomore tandem of Kevin Bergesen and George Mayer cruised to the doubles championship with an 8-5 victory over McAfee Burke and Garrett Gates of Bowdoin.
Tindell, who was the tournament's No. 1 seed and the reigning National Small College Men's Tennis Champion, was defeated in the finals of the singles competition by scores of 6-3, 1-6, 6-3. Waldron, this weekend's No. 3 seed, overpowered Tindell's baseline attacks with a huge forehand and impressive serve en route to the title.
Both Waldron and Tindell labored to secure spots in the finals as each semifinal lasted three sets. Waldron upended Danny Babkes of Amherst, 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-2, in his semifinal match, while Tindell knocked off Nate Edmunds of Middlebury, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1. Edmonds reached the semifinals in straight sets against three opponents before falling against Tindell.
In doubles, Bergesen and Mayer completed the sweep for Middlebury men's tennis with their fifth consecutive win on the weekend. Both teams to reach the finals were unseeded, a turn from the singles competition in which three of the top four seeds reached the semifinals.
In the consolation draws, MIT's Eric Beren out dueled Garrett Gates, 2-6, 6-3, 10-3, to win the singles crown. Colby College's John Fallon and Ben Crane took top honors in the doubles consolation draw after an 8-6 win over Patrick Keneally and Barrett Lawson of Bowdoin.