LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 24 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team notched its biggest victory of the season Friday in Merrill Gym, defeating No. 15 Tufts 7-2 by winning five out of six singles matches and two out of three in doubles play.
Bates (6-7, 4-3 NESCAC) received an 8-2 win at No. 1 doubles by senior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) over Carl-Herman Grant and Zain Ali. Tufts (7-5, 2-4 NESCAC) evened the score with Rohan Gupte and Boris Sorkin's 8-5 win over senior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.). But Bates took the lead for good as first-year Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) and junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) finished off an 8-5 victory at third doubles over Ethan Bershtein and Nathan Niemiec.
Kauppila and Rosen went on to defeat their doubles opponents separately in singles play to give Bates a 4-1 lead, as Kauppila defeated Grant 6-2, 6-1 at fourth singles and Rosen won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1 over Gupte. The Bobcats' win was sealed as Quijano closed out a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Ali at second singles.
The win makes Bates the fifth NESCAC team with four conference wins. The top six teams at the end of the regular season will play in the NESCAC Championships at Amherst May 4-6.