No. 20 men's tennis edged 5-4 by No. 18 Johns Hopkins in Virginia

Junior Josh Quijano won at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles on Friday, March 23, 2018 against Johns Hopkins. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Junior Josh Quijano won at No. 2 doubles and No. 2 singles but the No. 20 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team fell just short in a 5-4 loss to No. 18 Johns Hopkins Friday night at the University of Mary Washington. 

Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) teamed with senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) to defeat Eric Yoo and Vishnu Joshi by a count of 8-6 at No. 2 doubles. But the Blue Jays (3-1) won the other two doubles matches to take a 2-1 lead into singles play. 

That small advantage turned out to be the difference in the match.

Bates (3-4) won three of the six singles matches, with Quijano defeating Yoo 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 2 position and senior captain Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) winning an epic 7-6 (13-11), 7-5 match at No. 1 singles over Joshi. 

The Bobcats also picked up a win at No. 4 singles. Sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) recorded a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Austin Gu. 

Bates returns to action Saturday at noon when the Bobcats take on host Mary Washington.