No. 24 men's tennis rolls to 8-1 win over Connecticut College

Sophomore Jacob Kauppila and the No. 24 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team improved to 3-2 in NESCAC play with an 8-1 win over Connecticut College Sunday afternoon in Merrill Gymnasium. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The number 24 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team won its second straight NESCAC match with an 8-1 victory over Connecticut College Sunday afternoon in Merrill Gymnasium. 

The Bobcats (5-6, 3-2 NESCAC) swept the three doubles matches against the Camels (2-7, 0-5 NESCAC) to get off to a fast start and they never looked back in the win.

Senior captain Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles to defeat the Camel combination of Ben Sachs and Will Cannon by a score of 8-4. Senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) and junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) also won by a count of 8-4, beating Johnny Cissel and Charlie Williams at No. 2 doubles.

Sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) turned in the most impressive match in doubles play, winning 8-1 at No. 3 doubles over Patrick Farrell and Zak Danz.

In singles play, the Bobcats won five matches in straight sets. Rosen won 6-1, 6-2 over Williams at No. 1 singles and at No. 2 singles Quijano defeated Cannon 6-3, 6-3. Leiner continued his strong day with a 6-3, 6-0 win over Henry DeCoster at No. 3 singles and Kauppila turned in the most dominating performance, a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sachs. 

At No. 6 singles, sophomore Jacob Eisenberg (Armonk, N.Y.) took down Farrell by a score of 6-1, 6-2. 

The Bobcats look to continue their success in NESCAC action this Tuesday at Wesleyan when they take on the No. 13 nationally ranked Cardinals at 3:30 p.m.