Rally Falls Short for Men's Tennis as No. 22 Bates Edges MIT, 5-4

Rally Falls Short for Men's Tennis as No. 22 Bates Edges MIT, 5-4

THE BASICS:

Score: No. 22 Bates College 5, MIT 4

Records: MIT (9-7); No. 22 Bates College (8-8)

Location: Lewiston, Maine (Wallach Tennis Center)

The Lead: Down 3-1, the MIT men's tennis team rallied in singles play to tie the score at 3-3 and 4-4, but ultimately fell to No. 22 Bates College, 5-4, in the Engineers regular season finale on Friday evening in Maine.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT junior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and sophomore Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) gave the Engineers a 1-0 lead as they defeated Duane Davis and Dylan Davis, 8-3, at No. 3 doubles. Bates bounced back to take a 2-1 lead by winning points at No. 1 and No. 2 as Ben Rosen and Jacob Kauppila topped Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) and Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.), 8-4, and Josh Leiner and Josh Quijano edged Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas), 8-6.

- MIT rallied and tied the match at 3-3 and eventually 4-4 leaving the No. 6 singles match the deciding factor tonight. Cauneac gave MIT its third point with a 7-6, 6-3 win at No. 2 over Quijano and Cheng came from one set down to tie the match at 3-3 with a three-set win over Leiner, 2-6, 6-4, 6-1 at No. 3.

- Bates took a 4-3 lead with a three-set win at No. 1 as Rosen edged Barr 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-1. However, at No. 5, MIT freshman Charles Deng (Temple City, Calif.) tied the match once again, this time at 4-4, with a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win over Nick Glover.

- The entire match came down to No. 6 singles, a contest which featured Zhao and Jacob Eisenberg. Eisenberg took set one, 7-5. Zhao sent the match to a third set with a 7-6 (7-5) win in the second, but it was Eisenberg, who gave Bates the non-conference win with a 6-1 third set victory.

UP NEXT:

- MIT opens play in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Postseason Tournament on Wednesday as the top-seeded Engineers host either fourth-seeded Wheaton College or fifth-seeded Clark University at 3:30 p.m

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