ORANGE, Calif. -- The Bates women's tennis team swept doubles play and rolled to a 7-2 victory at Chapman University on Tuesday in the Bobcats' spring season opener.
The Bobcats (1-0) earned two tough doubles wins at the first and third spots while at second doubles, first-year Hannah Sweeney (Franklin, Mass.) and sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) teamed up to win 8-0. At third doubles, first-year Haley Washington (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Suzanne Elfman (Longmeadow, Mass.) edged Delara Fotovatjah and Alisa Organovich 8-7 (7-2) while at the top spot, senior captain Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) defeated Vasilia Trofimova and Nicole Fouts 8-7 (9-7).
Bates increased its lead by winning four out of six singles matches, led by Silverman's 6-3, 6-4 victory over Madison Ross at No. 1 singles.
Sweeney posted an impressive 6-3, 6-2 win at third singles over Trofimova, while Hernandez defeated Anna Kaplan 6-4, 6-2 at No. 5 singles and junior Hannah Londoner (Westport, Conn.) scored a 6-1, 6-3 win at sixth singles over Raven Hampton.
Bates will play at No. 6 nationally ranked Pomona-Pitzer on Friday at 3pm Pacific time.