Rosen, Kauppila invited to play in NCAA singles, doubles championships

Ben Rosen (right) will play in the NCAA Division III Men's Doubles Championship with Jacob Kauppila (left), and will also play in the Singles Championship for the third straight year. (File photo by Phyllis Graber Jensen/Bates College)

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bates senior Ben Rosen earned his third career invitation to play for the NCAA Division III Men's Singles Championship, while he and sophomore doubles partner Jacob Kauppila were also selected for the Men's Doubles Championship Wednesday by the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Committee.

The team championship will take place May 21-23 and the individual championships May 24-26, both at Biszantz Family Tennis Center in Claremont, California, and hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps. The individual championships consist of 32 singles players and 16 doubles teams.

The selection of teams and individuals for the championships is based on win-lost record, strength of schedule, and eligibility and availability of student-athletes. For the individual championships, the national committee selected seven singles players and three doubles teams from each of the four regions. The committee then selects the remaining four singles players and four doubles team berths from a national at-large pool.

Rosen went 11-3 in 2017-18 in his third season playing singles at the No. 1 position. He has beaten opponents from Amherst, Tufts, Trinity, Mary Washington, Johns Hopkins, Brandeis and MIT, among others.

Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) teamed up on a 9-7 record against the top doubles teams from Bates' highly challenging schedule (the Bobcats finished 8-9 as a team, with 10 of their matches played against nationally ranked opponents). Rosen and Kauppila have defeated opponents from Amherst, Tufts, Brandeis and MIT, among others. This will be Rosen's first time playing in the NCAA Doubles Championship tournament.

As a singles player, Kauppila went 2-0 at Bates' No. 3 position and 8-4 at the No. 4 position.

Draws for the tournaments are to be determined.