Men's tennis scores 7-2 victory at home over MIT

Chris Ellis won at first singles and first doubles in Bates' 7-2 victory over MIT on March 6, 2016. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College) 

LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 22 Bates College men's tennis team swept doubles play, then won four out of six singles matches, with two of them going to a third set, in a 7-2 non-conference victory over MIT Saturday in Merrill Gymnasium.

Bates (2-3) won for the second day in a row and will open NESCAC play at Middlebury next Saturday, March 12. The visiting Engineers (3-3) will host Colby next Saturday.

Bates' No. 1 doubles pair of junior Chris Ellis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and sophomore Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) defeated MIT's Alex Cauneac and Bryan Lilley 8-2. Second and third doubles both were decided by 8-6 scores. Juniors Fergus Scott (Wellington, New Zealand) and Patrick Ordway (Falmouth, Maine) defeated Sean Ko and Tyler Barr at No. 2, and sophomore Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and first-year Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) topped MIT's Kenny Gea and Kevin Wang.

MIT got its two points at third and fourth singles, with Barr prevailing over Scott at No. 3 and Sean Ko edging Bates junior Brent Feldman (Waccabuc, N.Y.) in two close sets at No. 4. At sixth singles, Bates' Quijano won convincingly over Jeffrey Bu.

The top two singles matches were both evenly played battles. At No. 1, Ellis and Wang split tiebreaker wins in the first two sets before Ellis won the third by a 6-4 score. At No. 2, Rosen tied the match with a tiebreaker win in the second set, then rolled to a 6-2 decision in the third set.