No. 22 men's tennis falls to No. 1 Middlebury in NESCAC quarterfinals

Junior Josh Quijano and the No. 22 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team fell to No. 1 Middlebury Friday in the NESCAC tournament. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

AMHERST, Mass. -- The No. 22 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team fell to No. 1 Middlebury by a score of 5-0 Friday in the quarterfinals of the NESCAC Championships.

Showing the strength of the NESCAC, the Panthers (19-3) entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed despite being ranked by the ITA as the top Division III team in the country. Bates (8-9) qualified for the tournament for the second straight season as the No. 6 seed.

Middlebury took command of the match early on with a sweep of doubles play. Senior captain Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) gave the Panther team of Kyle Schlanger and Lubomir Cuba all they could handle at the No. 1 position in an 8-5 defeat.

Senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) also dropped their match by a count of 8-5 to Noah Farrell and William de Quant at No. 2 doubles. The Panthers won 8-2 at No. 3 doubles to take a 3-0 lead into singles play.

Middlebury won at No. 4 and No. 6 singles to clinch the match. The match was played to decision so the other four singles matches went unfinished. Sophomore Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) was leading 3-2 in the second set at No. 5 singles when play was stopped. 

While the loss ends the season for the Bates team, the Bobcats now wait to see who will play at the NCAA Singles and Doubles Championships.