LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates senior Josh Quijano and junior Jacob Kauppila continued to win at the top of the Bobcats' singles lineup, as the duo took points at those two spots against No. 8 nationally ranked Middlebury in a 7-2 NESCAC loss Friday at the Wallach Tennis Center.
The defending national champion Panthers (12-5, 5-1 NESCAC) swept doubles play en route to their third straight win over a NESCAC opponent.
Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) won his seventh straight match at No. 2 singles, defeating Andre Xiao to move to 9-2 on the season. Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) was tied 5-5 in the first set at No. 1 singles with Noah Farrell when Farrell retired, ceding the point to the senior captain, who rose to 10-3 at the top of Bates' lineup with his fifth straight victory.
Bates (5-8, 3-2 NESCAC) takes on No. 4 Bowdoin at home on Tuesday at 4pm in its final home match of the season.
In the most competitive singles match of the day, Bates senior Ben Eckardt (Montgomery, N.J.) tied Adam Guo with a second-set win before falling in the tiebreaker, 6-3, 3-6, 10-5 at No. 3 singles.
Kauppila and sophomore Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) lost 8-6 at No. 3 doubles to Nate Eazor and Andre Xiao. At first doubles, Lubomir Cuba and Peter Martin defeated Quijano and senior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) 8-2. Eckardt and junior Nick Glover (Austin, Texas) fell by the same score at No. 2 doubles to Farrell and Aleksandr Samets, their first loss of the season against five wins.
Junior Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.), Kennedy and Davis fell in straight sets at fourth, fifth and sixth singles, respectively.