Rosen falls to NCAA champion in Middlebury Invitational singles final

Bates senior Ben Rosen advanced to the championship match of the A Singles Flight Sept. 24, 2017 at the Middlebury Invitational. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Bates senior Ben Rosen advanced to the championship match of the A Singles Flight Sunday at the Middlebury Invitational, where he was stopped by 2017 NCAA singles champion Lubomir Cuba of Middlebury in a super tiebreaker.

Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.), a three-time All-American and the third seed in the 16-player flight, defeated second-seeded Noah Farrell in Sunday afternoon's semifinal round, 6-1, 6-4. In the other semifinal, top-seeded Cuba defeated fourth-seeded Middlebury teammate William de Quant in a super tiebreaker, 2-6, 7-6 (5), 10-5, setting up the championship showdown with Rosen.

Cuba defeated Rosen in the closely contested final 6-3, 4-6, 10-8.

Two of Rosen's teammates also remained in action Sunday, with sophomore Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) playing in the C Singles semifinals and first-year Robert Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) in the D Singles semifinals. Glover lost a drawn-out battle with Jack McClaren of Skidmore 6-4, 5-7, 12-10, while Kennedy fell 6-4, 6-3 in the D semis to Kevin Ha of Skidmore.

Saturday Recap

The Bates men's tennis team's successful first day at the Middlebury Invitational saw the Bobcats win 10 matches against eight losses.

In the A Singles Flight, Rosen won 6-1, 6-2 over Hamilton's Rob Dotterer, then defeated Middlebury's Kyle Schlanger 6-4, 6-0 to advance to the semifinals. Rosen will face second-seeded Noah Farrell of Middlebury at 1pm Sunday, with the championship match scheduled for 3pm.

In the other half of the same flight, sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) defeated McKinley Grimes of RPI 7-6 (4), 6-0 before falling to fourth-seeded William de Quant of Middlebury 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals.

In the B Singles Flight, sophomore Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) came back from a set down against second-seeded Nate Eazor of Middlebury to post a 1-6, 7-6 (3), 10-3 victory. Eisenberg then battled to a third set again in the quarterfinals, falling 4-6, 6-2, 11-9 to Skidmore's Travis Leaf.

Glover advanced to Sunday's semifinals in the C Singles Flight, where he was the third seed. Glover defeated Middlebury's Alex Samets 6-2, 6-2 in the first round and Zach Ebenfeld of RPI 1-6, 6-1, 10-8. 

First-year Robert Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) in the D Singles Flight defeated Tufts' Ethan Bershtein 7-6 (7), 6-2 and RPI's Suryansh Patel 6-3, 3-3 (ret.). 

Bates' two teams in the A Doubles Flight both won in the first round and fell in the quarterfinals. Rosen and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) defeated Skidmore's Pickering/Leaf 8-2, then fell to Middlebury's Schlanger/van der Geest combination. Senior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) beat Hamilton's Farber/Scannell 8-6 then fell 8-3 to Skidmore's Koulouris/Wynne team.