Men's tennis rolls to 8-1 win at home over Colby

Nick Glover (foreground) and Ben Eckardt react to a point during their victory at No. 2 doubles as Bates defeated Colby 8-1 on April 4, 2019 in Merrill Gymnasium. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's tennis team swept doubles play and won five of six singles matches to score an 8-1 victory over Colby Thursday in Merrill Gymnasium.

Bates (4-7, 2-0 NESCAC) won for the first time in six matches and stayed unbeaten in NESCAC play.

Sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) returned to the lineup after missing the past two matches with injury, and teamed with sophomore Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) to defeat Hans Hwang and Luis Gonzalez Kompalic 8-2 at No. 3 doubles. Senior captains Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) followed with an 8-6 win over Scott Altmeyer and Sumukh Pathi at No. 1 doubles, and senior Ben Eckardt (Montgomery, N.J.) and junior Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) gave Bates a 3-0 lead going into singles with an 8-5 win at No. 2 doubles over Garrett Reiter and Max Schuermann.

Colby (4-5, 0-2 NESCAC) earned its lone point at No. 3 singles, where Max Schuermann prevailed 6-3, 6-3 over Bates junior Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.).

But Bates won at the five other singles positions, including a three-set victory for Quijano over Altmeyer at No. 1 singles (6-3, 4-6, 6-1). Kauppila resumed his winning streak at No. 2 singles, taking his fifth straight decision there by a 6-2, 6-2 score over Sumukh Pathi.

Eckardt came back to defeat Reiter at No. 4 singles 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, while Kennedy and Glover won in straight sets at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.

Bates returns to play on April 16 at Trinity. Colby hosts Amherst at 10am on Saturday.