Men’s Tennis Weekend Wrap: Mammoths Split Maine Test

Men’s Tennis Weekend Wrap: Mammoths Split Maine Test

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.

Kevin Ma '21 defeated Josh Quijano 6-4, 6-3 at #2 singles, while Zach Bessette '19 was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at #3.

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).