No. 28 men's tennis falls 6-3 at No. 13 Amherst

Ben Rosen won in three sets at No. 1 singles in Bates' 6-3 loss at Amherst on April 18, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College.) 

AMHERST, Mass. -- The No. 28 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team lost for the first time in four matches, battling No. 13 Amherst to a closly played 6-3 decision Tuesday.

Amherst (17-3, 3-1 NESCAC) won two of three closely contested doubles matches to start off. Zach Bessette and Jayson Fung defeated Bates senior Chris Ellis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and junior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) 8-6 at No. 1 doubles, while Andrwe Arnaboldi and Nathan Kaplan topped Bates sophomore Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) 8-5 at No. 3 doubles. But at second doubles, Bates senior Pat Ordway (Falmouth, Maine) and junior Adam Schwartz (Los Angeles, Calif.) teamed up for an 8-6 victory over Amherst's Oscar Burney and Josh Marchalik. 

Rosen came back from a 6-2 loss in the first set of his No. 1 singles showdown with Bessette to win 2-6, 6-2, 6-3. And Schwartz defeated Burney 6-2, 6-4 to give Bates the point at No. 4 singles.

Amherst prevailed in two three-set contests: at No. 2 singles, where Fung topped Ellis 2-6, 6-0, 6-2, and at No. 5 singles, where Jesse Levitin prevailed 6-7 (6), 6-4, 10-7. Bates also put up a fight at No. 3 singles, where Quijano fell 6-2, 7-6 (5), and at No. 6 singles, where Nathan Kaplan defeated Bates first-year Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) 6-3, 6-4.

The Bobcats (4-8, 3-2 NESCAC) will next play at No. 20 Tufts Thursday at 3:30pm.