The Bates men’s and women’s tennis teams visited Middlebury on Saturday. Facing the number-three and -six teams in the country respectively, the Bobcats did not fare as well as they hoped. Both teams lost 9-0 to the Panthers.

The men’s match, played in the morning, took place indoors in the state of the art Duke Nelson Recreation Center. The most exciting match of the morning was at the No. 1 between Bates star Ben Rosen ’18 and Noah Farrell. After Farrell dominated the first set with a 6-0 win, Rosen fired back and took the second set 6-3. The final set of the match seemingly would not end, as Farrell pulled away with a hard fought 13-11 set, and a match victory. Although he took the loss, Rosen’s close effort against top competition is promising for the future. In doubles, Pat Ordway ’17 and Fergus Scott ’18 of Bates lost to Palmer Campbell and Hamid Derbani, 8-6. The number 22 Bates men’s team is now 2-4 on the season. Battle tested against some of the best teams in the country including the defending champions (Claremont), the rest of the season should be much easier for the Bobcats. Expect the team to pick up some big wins in conference play. Bates will face Swarthmore this Friday at 7 pm.

The weather was picture perfect as the Bobcat women took the court for their afternoon match on the Proctor Tennis Courts. The Panthers set the tone early by only losing two games in three doubles victories. In singles play, Bates top seed Maisie Silverman ’18 was able to win two games in the first set against Ria Gerger, but ended up losing the match 6-2, 6-0. At number two singles, Elizabeth Erbafina ’17 lost 6-3, 6-1. The Bobcats are now 3-3 on the season, and will be back in action Friday afternoon.

Both teams will travel to the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia for the Blue-Grey Tennis Invitational. It will be a full weekend of tennis as each team is slated to compete in three matches. The men’s team will play Swarthmore, Mary Washington, and Johns Hopkins. The women’s team will play Mary Washington as well, along with Case Western Reserve and TCNJ. Hopefully the Bobcats will pick up some much-needed wins as the season gets into full swing.