Nick Cary won for the Jumbos in doubles play against Bates on Tuesday
LEWISTON, ME – Despite an early 2-1 lead after doubles play, the #28 Tufts men's tennis team wasn't able to top NESCAC rival Bates on Tuesday afternoon. The Jumbos won at #2 and #3 doubles, but were unable to keep the advantage through singles play.
Freshman Brad Wong (Granite Bay, CA) and junior Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) took on the Bobcat duo of Peter Yanofsky and Ben Bogard at #2 doubles and were able to come through with the 8-5 win for the Jumbos. The second win for the Jumbos came from senior Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY) and sophomore Nick Cary (Brookline, MA) who downed Bates' Christopher Ellis and Eric Ruta, 8-6, at #3 doubles.
Senior Matt Pataro (Miami, FL) and freshman Benjamin Battle (Delray Beach, FL ) took the courts at #1 doubles for the first time together this year, but were not able to top the Bates pair of Timmy Berg and Pierre Planche, 8-3.
Unfortunately for the Jumbos the 2-1 lead wasn't enough, as they were not able to take any of the singles matches. Sophomore Jay Glickman (Chappaqua, NY) played at #1 singles for the first time this spring after coming back from an injury. He was topped by Bates' Berg, 6-3, 6-1. Wong took on Planche at #2 singles, but wasn't able to top the Bobcat, 6-3, 6-0.
Blau won the first set at #3 singles, but wasn't able to hang on to the lead, eventually falling to Ellis, 3-6, 6-2, 6-2. Tan was also able to take a set from his opponent at #4 singles, but Bates' Brent Feldmen held on to win, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Senior Zach Ladwig (Chelmsford, MA) faced off against the hosts' Henry Lee at #5 singles, but wasn't able to secure a win for the Jumbos, falling, 7-5, 6-3. Cary rounded out the Jumbos singles lineup at #6 singles and was edged by Bates' Patrick Ordway, 6-2, 7-5.
The Jumbos are now 7-7 overall with a 3-5 conference mark. They will return to action on April 18 when they host Brandeis for a 3:00 pm match. Bates is now 5-7 this season and 2-2 in conference play. The Bobcats play again on April 17 when they travel to Williams for a 4:00 pm match.