BRUNSWICK, Maine – The No. 7 Amherst College men's tennis team split a pair of New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) games in Maine this weekend, defeating Bates College on Saturday and falling to Bowdoin College Sunday afternoon.
No. 7 Amherst 5, No. 25 Bates 4
In the NESCAC opener for the Mammoths, Jesse Levitin '19 bounced back from one set down to win No. 5 singles in the deciding match with Amherst and Bates deadlocked at four.
Levitin won the second set in a tiebreak (7-5) and then clinched the victory with a 6-2 win against Vidyut Yadav, after Yadav had won the first set 6-2 for Bates.
Amherst took a 4-2 lead with victories in the first three matches of singles play after Bates had nabbed victories at the top two doubles positions.
Senior captain Ben Rosen, who had won at No. 1 doubles with sophomore Jacob Kauppila, got Bates back on track with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 win over Sean Wei '21 at No. 1 singles. Sophomore Nick Glover evened the match at four with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Jon Heidenberg '19 at No. 6 singles.
Rosen teamed with Kauppila at No. 1 doubles to defeat Wei and Jayson Fung '20 by a count of 8-6.
Bessette and Heidenberg were 8-6 winners at third doubles, but the Bobcats took a 2-1 lead into singles play with an 8-6 victory at #2 doubles.
Fung was the other singles winner for Amherst, holding off Kauppila 7-6 (2), 6-3.
No. 2 Bowdoin 8, No. 7 Amherst 1
Wei won 7-6, 7-5 at first singles, but that was the only point the Mammoths could secure against the No. 2 team in the country.
Fung and Wei battled Grant Urken and Luke Tercek at first doubles before falaling 8-5 in the closest match in doubles play.
Levitin took a 6-3 victory in the first set at #5 singles before Gil Roddy fought back and won 6-3, 10-3 for the Polar Bears, who took four other singles flights in straight sets.
Amherst (7-2, 1-1 NESCAC) will play their home opener on Wednesday, April 11th vs Connecticut College (4 PM).