Men's tennis wins nine matches on first day of Wallach Invitational

Cameron Kania (center) and Leo Kupferman (obscured) won two matches in the A Doubles Flight to reach Sunday's semifinals at the Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational on Oct. 5, 2019. (Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- Bates men's tennis players advanced to Sunday's semifinal round in two flights of the annual Wallach Men's Tennis Invitational. The tournament pits players from Bates, Bowdoin, Brandeis, Colby, RPI, Skidmore, Trinity and Tufts to compete for titles in two doubles flights and four singles flights.

Senior Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) won a pair of matches Saturday to advance to the semifinal round in the B Singles Flight. Meanwhile the first-year duo of Leo Kupferman (Montclair, N.J.) and Cameron Kania (Middlefield, Conn.) made it to the semifinals in the A Doubles Flight.

Kupferman and Kania defeated Ross DeRose and Will Frigerio of Trinity 8-6 in the Round of 16, then beat Bowdoin's Justin Wang and Evan Fortier 8-4 in the quarterfinals. They will face Suraj Mahtani and Alper Kulturel of Skidmore in the semis Sunday at 10am.

Eisenberg moved past Trinity's Charlie Kilbourn 6-4, 6-0 and Tufts' Niko Hereford 6-4, 6-7(6), 10-8. He will meet Wang of Bowdoin in the semifinals on Sunday.

Bates posted five other first-round victories in Saturday's action, including three wins in A Singles. Kupferman defeated RPI's Sebastian Castillo-Sanchez 7-6(7), 6-3; first-year Nick Forester (Falmouth, Maine) defeated Tufts' DeRose 3-6, 6-2, 10-4, and Kania beat Trinity's Chris Bilicic 4-6, 6-2, 10-7. In C Singles, first-year Teddy Koide (Morristown, N.J.) defated Trinity's Frigerio 6-1, 5-7, 10-7. And in A Doubles, Forester and junior Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) defeated Jack McClaren and Jason Keye of Skidmore 8-4.