South Hadley, MA — The 2011 Pioneer Valley Invitational featured forty-four matches, including a dramatic match between Bates and St. Lawrence. The two schools traded matches until the very end. The match at the number 1 position was no exception.
Bates’ William Katz and St. Lawrence’s Alex Dodge had many similarities. Dodge was the captain of St. Lawrence and was named to the Liberty League All-Conference team. On the season, he went 9-11. Katz was a two-year captain of the Bobcats. He went 14-8 on the season and was named to the New England Small Conference Athletic Association (NESCAC) All-Conference team.
The match between the two seniors went five games with Katz emerging victorious (8-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5, and 11-9). Bates captured the team match 5-4.
Below is video from the match between Katz and Dodge.