Women's tennis falls 7-2 to No. 14 Washington and Lee

Maisie Silverman and Bella Stone won at No. 1 doubles in Bates' 7-2 loss to No. 14 nationally ranked Washington and Lee University on March 18, 2018. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- The Bates women's tennis team gave No. 14 nationally ranked Washington and Lee a good fight en route to a 7-2 non-conference loss on Sunday at the University of Mary Washington, in the Bobcats' final match of the Blue-Grey Invitational.

Bates' top doubles team of senior Maisie Silverman (Brunswick, Maine) and junior Bella Stone (Concord, Mass.) defeated the Generals' top duo of Michelle Fleenor and Lauren Hassell 8-6, raising their record to 5-2 this season. But Washington and Lee took a 2-1 lead into singles play with 8-3 victories at second and third doubles.

Bates put up a good fight in three out of six singles matches, including first-year Hannah Sweeney's (Franklin, Mass.) 6-4, 7-5 victory over Emily Kochard at No. 3 singles. Sweeney won her eighth straight singles match and rose to 9-1 this season.

Meanwhile, first-year Haley Washington (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) fell 6-4, 6-4 at sixth singles to Hassell, while at fifth singles, sophomore Lauren Hernandez (Chester, N.J.) traded sets with Mary Hampton McNeal before falling in a pro-set tiebreaker by a final score of 6-2, 1-6, 10-8.

Bates (7-3, 1-0 NESCAC) will return to action on March 31 at home against NESCAC rival Tufts, beginning at 2pm.