|Zain Ali had a crucial three-set win at #2 singles|
CLAREMONT, Calif. - In the last match off the court, Tufts sophomore Ben Biswas clinched a 5-4 victory for the #17 Jumbo men's tennis team over #23 Sewanee on Sunday in California. Deciding a back-and-forth contest between the teams, Biswas' 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 win over Davis Owen in sixth singles gave Tufts the victory.
Tufts had come out of a very competitive doubles round with a 2-1 lead. The Tigers won the first doubles match as Jack Gray and Alejandro Becker defeated Jumbos Rohan Gupte and Zain Ali 8-6. However, Tufts took the lead with victories by the third pair of Ethan Bershtein and Boris Sorkin (8-6) and at #2 by Ben Battle and Carl-Herman Grant (8-6).
Singles played out with great drama. Sewanee's Jordan Brewer evened the score at 2-2 with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Battle at #4. Sorkin gained the lead back for Tufts with a 6-3, 6-2 final against Ryan Olps at #3. However, Gray outdueled Gupte 6-4, 7-5 in first singles and the match was tied again (3-3).
Ali went three sets against Andres Carro in second singles and took back the lead for Tufts 6-3, 1-6, 6-2. The Tigers battled back as Jack Metzger won 6-3, 7-6 (3) versus Danny Coran on the fifth singles court making it 4-4. That left Biswas and Owen to decide it, with the Jumbo cruising in the third set to give Tufts the win.
Head coach Karl Gregor's Jumbos (3-0) play next at Whitter on Tuesday. Sewanee is in action on Monday versus Salisbury in Malibu.