Men's tennis goes toe-to-toe with No. 21 Mary Washington in 7-2 defeat

Ben Rosen posted a straight-sets victory at No. 1 singles in Bates' 7-2 loss at the University of Mary Washington on March 24, 2017. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The No. 27 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team battled to a deceptively close 7-2 loss at No. 21 Mary Washington on Friday, with the host Eagles prevailing in three sets in half of the singles matchups.

Bates (1-5) will stay at the University of Mary Washington Saturday to take on No. 17 Johns Hopkins at 2pm -- their sixth top-25 ranked opponent in seven matches this season. The Bobcats then play at Division I Georgetown University on Sunday.

UMW (8-4) won two out of three doubles matches to start off, with the Bobcats taking an 8-4 decision at No. 3 singles, where sophomore Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) defeated Brandon Griffin and Patrick Hughes 8-4.

Bates junior All-American Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) defeated Griffin 6-2, 6-4 at No. 1 singles for the Bobcats' other point. Meanwhile senior All-American Chris Ellis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) fell to Matt Miles in a third-set tiebreaker at second singles, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (3). Quijano dropped a narrow 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 decision to Hughes at third singles, and at No. 5 singles, first-year Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) fell in back-and-forth match to Joseph Brown, 7-6 (2), 0-6, 6-4. First-year Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) lost to UMW's Michael Fleming 7-5, 6-2 at fourth singles while Leiner fell 6-1, 6-3 to Derek Hagino at sixth singles.