On Saturday, Brandeis was the Bates tennis team’s first challenge of the weekend. The No. 26-ranked men’s team had a solid outing against the Judges, taking down No. 35-ranked Brandeis 5-2 in a non-conference battle. Doubles partners senior Pierre Planche and sophomore Christopher Ellis took home a win, defeating Brandeis’ top pair 8-6. Feeding off of that momentum, first-years Ben Rosen and Adam Schwartz won their doubles match with a final score of 8-4. Planche and Schwartz both won their singles matches in consecutive sets. The men would seize the day with a victory by the final score of 5-2.
As for the women, they were thinking of an upset all day in their non-conference matchup against Brandeis. Unfortunately, they were not able to edge out a win despite some strong performances. First-year Maisie Silverman and sophomore Kelsey Pearson took the only point of the doubles matchup with a 9-7 triumph. Sophomore Kate Rosenthal and junior Emma Blakely had a tight match and almost took the win, but would ultimately lose 8-6. This did not deter Rosenthal, as she would go on to win her singles match. Rosenthal was down a set early but came back to win consecutive sets to give Bates the point. As for Silverman, she would continue to have the hot racquet and won her singles match in consecutive sets. Sophomore Elizabeth Erbafina would also win her singles match, but Bates lost the match by a narrow 5-4 margin.
The next day, both teams took on NESCAC rival Wesleyan. The men’s team rallied for a comeback win against the Cardinals, beating them 5-4. Senior Henry Lee and sophomore Patrick Ordway would be the lone doubles pair to get a point, defeating the opposition 8-4. In singles, the men were down a match after Planche lost, but would rally back, with Ellis and Schwartz winning the next two singles matches with consecutive set wins. Rosen and Ordway would close out the day, picking up two wins to seal the deal for Bates. The Bobcats scored the upset against the 18th-ranked Cardinals.
The women’s team lost against Wesleyan in an 8-1 decision. Erbafina would go on to win her singles match after being down a set and making a strong comeback for the team’s lone point.
The men want to continue riding the wave of momentum when they take on NESCAC rival Bowdoin on April 9th at home. As for the women, they will look to bounce back from their current slump. They will travel to Wellesley College on Thursday for a non-conference matchup.