Bates men’s tennis traveled to compete at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia over the weekend of March 18-19, beating both number 31 nationally ranked Swarthmore, 7-2, and the number 21 home team, 6-3.
The top three singles seeds led the charge against Swarthmore; number one Ben Rosen ’18 beat Swarthmore’s Mark Fallati 7-5, 6-4, number two Chris Ellis ’17 defeated John Larkin 6-1, 3-6, 6-2, and number three Fergus Scott ’18 triumphed over Ari Cepelewicz in a comeback 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory.
Against Mary Washington, the key to victory for the men was a clean sweep of the doubles, plus another perfect record for the first three seeds. After starting the season 0-3, the men have won three of their last four matches and are currently ranked 23rd nationally. They next play at Colby on Thursday, followed by a matchup at Brandeis on Sunday.
The Bobcat women also were at the University of Mary Washington from March 18-20, taking on Case Western Reserve, The College of New Jersey, and the hosts. Bates had a difficult weekend, dropping all three matches. Their lone individual victory came against number 21 nationally ranked Case Western, from sixth seed Olivia Voccola.
Following their matchup at Colby on Tuesday, the women will next be in action at Tufts on Saturday. Both the men and women have a busy month of matches scheduled before the NESCAC Championships commence in early May.