FREDERICKSBURG, Va. -- Sophomore Vidyut Yadav won at No. 3 doubles and at No. 5 singles but the No. 20 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team fell just short by a count of 5-4 to No. 16 Mary Washington on Saturday.
Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) teamed with junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) and prevailed 8-6 over Derek Hagino and Patrick Hughes at No. 3 doubles. Meanwhile senior captain Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) gave Ryland Byrd and Michael Fleming all they could handle at No. 1 doubles before falling 8-7 (7-5).
The Bobcats (3-5) trailed 2-1 after doubles play but got a big boost when Rosen and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) won at No. 1 and 2 singles respectively. Rosen defeated Matt Miles 6-1, 6-0 and Quijano earned a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Hughes.
Yadav rolled to a 6-2, 6-1 victory over Byrd to give Bates a 4-3 lead. But the Eagles (10-2) rallied to win, with Fleming edging Kauppila 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) at No. 4 singles and Cole Tecce coming back to win in three sets at No. 6 singles over sophomore Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) by a count of 3-6, 6-4, 6-0.
Bates may have a 3-5 record but three of those five losses have been by a count of 5-4. The Bobcats look to get rolling when they travel to Babson this Wednesday for a match that gets underway at 3:00 p.m.