LEWISTON, Maine -- Senior captain Ben Rosen won at No. 1 doubles and No. 1 singles but the No. 25 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team fell 5-4 to No. 7 Amherst Saturday afternoon at Merrill Gymnasium.
Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) teamed with sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) at No. 1 doubles to defeat Sean Wei and Jayson Fung in impressive fashion by a count of 8-6. The Bobcats (3-6, 1-2 NESCAC) took a 2-1 lead into singles play thanks to senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) winning 8-6 over Cameron Raglin and Kevin Ma at No. 2 doubles.
The Bobcats fell behind 4-2 when the Mammoths (7-1, 1-0 NESCAC) won the first three matches in singles play. Then Rosen got Bates back on track with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Wei at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) evened the match at four with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jon Heidenberg at No. 6 singles.
It all came down to No. 5 singles and sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) got off to a strong start by winning the first set against Jesse Levitin by a count of 6-2. But Levitin managed to edge Yadav 7-6 (7-5) in the second set to stay alive. Then Levitin won 6-2 in the third set to clinch the victory for Amherst.
The Bobcats look to bounce back Sunday afternoon when they host Trinity at 2:00 p.m.