WATERVILLE, Maine -- The No. 24 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team won 6-3 at Colby on Monday to become the fourth team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference to record fifth conference victory.
Bates (7-7, 5-3 NESCAC) is vying to take one of six berths in the NESCAC Men's Tennis Championship tournament for the second straight year. The Bobcats play at Bowdoin on Wednesday at 4pm in their last conference match of the regular season, before hosting MIT in the regular-season finale on Friday.
Colby (8-5, 3-4 NESCAC), ranked 18th in Division III's Northeast Region, earned an 8-2 win at third doubles, but Bates took a 2-1 lead going into singles play, with senior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) defeating Scott Altmeyer and Sumukh Pathi 8-1 at No. 1 doubles, and senior Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) taking an 8-6 decision over Jeremy Mendoza and Luis Gonzalez.
Colby evened the match at 2-2 with a straight-sets win at No. 5 singles, but Bates sophomore Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) won his fourth straight match at sixth singles, defeating Jonathan Hallal 6-4, 6-1 for a 3-2 Bates lead. Kauppila finished off a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Shaw Speer to make it 4-2, and Rosen clinched the win for Bates when he finished a 6-2, 7-5 win over Altmeyer at first singles. It was the 10th singles victory of the season for both Rosen and Kauppila.
Quijano gave Bates its sixth point when he prevailed in a third-set tiebreaker at No. 2 singles over Pathi, 4-6, 6-3, 10-3.