LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 40 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team defeated a higher-ranked opponent by a 7-2 score for the second straight match, topping NESCAC rival and 29th-ranked Colby on Wednesday in Merrill Gymnasium.
Bates (3-7, 2-1 NESCAC) won two of three doubles matches and five out of six singles matches over the Mules (8-4, 0-2 NESCAC) in straight sets.
Junior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and senior Chris Ellis (Shrewsbury, Mass.) teamed up to defeat Carl Reid and Vlad Murad 8-3 at No. 1 doubles, while Colby evened the match with Zale Shah and Scott Altmeyer's 8-3 win over sophomore Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) at third doubles. Bates senior Pat Ordway (Falmouth, Maine) and junior Adam Schwartz (Los Angeles, Calif.) gave the Bobcats the lead with a 9-7 victory over Shaw Speer and Cam Hillier at second doubles.
Rosen posted the most convincing victory in singles play with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Reid at the No. 1 position. At No. 2 singles, Colby got its point as Murad outlasted Ellis 6-7, 6-4, 6-4. But Quijano defeated Altmeyer 6-4, 7-6 (4) at No. 3 singles; Schwartz downed Shah 6-2, 6-2 at No. 4; Ordway defeated Speer 6-2, 6-4 at No. 5; and at No. 6 singles, first-year Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) defeated Hillier 6-2, 6-2.
Bates plays its next four matches on the road, beginning Sunday at 10am at Trinity.
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