LEWISTON, Maine -- The Bates men's tennis team defeated Division II team Franklin Pierce University on Sunday at the Wallach Tennis Center, in the Bobcats' only dual match of the fall.
The Bobcats (1-0) took a 2-1 lead through doubles play, with all three matches decided by an 8-6 score. Yuval Barak and Preston Gordon edged Bates first-years Leo Kupferman (Montclair, N.J.) and Cameron Kania (Middlefield, Conn.) 8-6 at first doubles, but at No. 2, first-year Nick Forester (Falmouth, Maine) and junior Alex Kennedy (New York, N.Y.) defeated Nkrumah Patrick and Joshua Arnold 8-6, while at No. 3 senior Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) and first-year Teddy Koide (Morristown, N.J.) defeated Joel Cladera and Alejandro Ortiz 8-6.
The Bobcats won points at the first five singles spots. Kupferman downed Barak 6-3, 6-3 at No. 1 singles, Forester defeated Gordon 6-4, 6-3 at No. 2, Kania beat Cladera 6-1, 6-3 at No. 3, Eisenberg outlasted Arnold 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 10-8 at No. 4, and Kennedy defeated Ortiz 6-3, 6-2 at fifth singles.
The visiting Ravens (3-2) won one point in singles play, with Paul McLellan outlasting Bates first-year Aaron Ramos (Englewood, N.J.) 6-3, 4-6, 11-9.