WALTHAM, Mass. – Senior captain Ben Rosen and sophomore Jacob Kauppila won each of their singles matches and teamed up to win at No. 1 doubles as well but the No. 20 nationally ranked Brandeis Judges completed a comeback to prevail 5-4 over No. 19 Bates men's tennis in a marathon match at the Gosman Athletic Center.
The Judges (4-1) were bolstered by the lower parts of their lineup in both singles and doubles in the win, which took six hours and 45 minutes.
In double action, Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) handed the Judges' No. 1 squad of sophomore David Aizenberg and rookie Anupreeth Coramutla their first dual-match defeat of the season by a count of 8-4.
But the Judges earned an 8-3 win at No. 2 from juniors Jackson Kogan and Tyler Ng. At the No. 3 slot, rookies Nikhil Das and Rajan Vohra outlasted the Bobcats' team of junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) by a count of 9-8, winning the tiebreaker, 9-7.
Trailing 2-1, the Bobcats (2-2) quickly went ahead in early singles action. Rosen dispatched Kogan, 6-2, 6-1, at No. 1, and Kauppila defeated Ng, 6-4, 6-2, at No. 3. Bates completed the sweep of the first three singles matches thanks to a late break of serve in the third set by junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) against Aizenberg. With the 5-7, 6-1, 6-4, win at No. 2, Bates took a 4-2 lead.
The Judges' Das bested Yadav, 6-1, 6-4, at No. 5 singles, and Vohra was a 6-4, 6-4 winner at No. 4 singles to even the match at 4-4.
At No. 6, the Judges' Benjamin Wolfe fell behind Bobcat first-year Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) after the first set went to a tiebreaker, which Kennedy won, 7-6 (7-4). Wolfe rallied to win the match by taking the final two sets, 6-2, 6-2.
Bates plays its first home match against NESCAC foe Hamilton College next Saturday, March 10.