First-year Bobcats earn pair of victories at ITA Regionals

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Bates first-year student-athletes Leo Kupferman and Cameron Kania made a courageous comeback to defeat seeded opponents from Colby in the first round of doubles play at the ITA New England Regional Championships on Friday, before bowing out of the tournament Saturday against Bowdoin.

Kupferman (Montclair, N.J.) also won his first-round singles match on Friday to give the Bobcat men's tennis team two wins at ITA's.

After tying their first-round doubles match 7-7, sending the match into a tiebreaker, Kupferman and Kania (Middlefield, Conn.) trailed Scott Altmeyer and Jan Wenger of Colby by a 5-1 score, but roared back with five straight points to take a 6-5 lead. Bates scored the last two points out of an 8-8 tie to capture the big win, 8-7(8). In Saturday's second round, the Bates pair fell 8-6 to Bowdoin's Oscar Yang and Tristan Bradley.

In the singles tournament, Kupferman defeated Chris Bilicic of Trinity 6-4, 6-0, in the Round of 64. Seeded player Isaac Gorelik of Tufts defeated Kupferman in the round of 32, 6-1, 6-2. Fellow Bates freshman Nick Forester (Falmouth, Maine) also competed in the singles draw, falling 6-3, 6-4 in the first round to Peter Frelinghuysen of Williams.

Bates' abbreviated fall season will continue next weekend, Oct. 5-6, as the Bobcats host the annual Wallach Invitational.