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Stein, Fenno notch singles wins in men's tennis loss

Ben Stein '09

Zach Fenno '10

Danilo Acosta '08

Adam Nielson '10

EWING, N.J. -- In a regional showdown of two regionally ranked men’s tennis teams, The College of New Jersey Lions pulled off a 6-3 win over the Bobcats of Bates College on Tuesday afternoon at TCNJ’s Student Recreation Center.

Ranked No. 10 regionally in the Northeast Region, the Lions triumphed over the No. 7 ranked Bobcats to improve to 10-1 this season, while Bates drops to 4-5.

At first singles, Bates College’s sophomore Benjamin Stein (Pelham, N.Y.) bested TCNJ’s junior Michael Klimchak (Clark, N.J.) in three sets. Klimchak who was ranked No. 15 in the last ITA National Poll, and currently ranks No. 9 in the newest Northeast Regional Poll, drops to 15-3 overall and 9-2 in dual meet action this season and 55-11 on his career.

At second singles, TCNJ’s junior Roger Mosteller (Medford Lakes, N.J.) was victorious as he bested freshman Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka), 6-2, 6-3 for his 14th win of the year (14-3) while standing at 9-1 in dual singles play this season.

TCNJ’s top pair of Klimchak and Mosteller bested the No. 6-ranked pair from Bates, Stein and freshman Maxwell Berger (Concord, N.H.), 8-3.  The pair from TCNJ is now 17-2 overall and 11-0 in dual meet competition this season, while holding a two-year record of 32-5 together, including a perfect 20-0 in dual action.

Freshman Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) handed TCNJ’s rookie Jeremy Eckardt (Belle Mead, N.J.) his first dual loss of the year at fifth singles as he was a 6-4, 7-6(4) winner to put Eckardt at 9-1 in dual play this season and 16-3 overall.

Bates junior Danilo Acosta (Quito, Ecuador) and first-year Adam Nielson (Den Haag, The Netherlands) won at No. 3 doubles over the Lions' Jeremy Eckardt and James Vance.

Bates will travel to Swarthmore College on April 19 for a 4 p.m. match.

Bates College vs The College of New Jersey Apr 17, 2007 at TCNJ

#10 The College of New Jersey 6, #7 Bates College 3

Singles competition

1. Benjamin Stein (BATES) def. Michael Klimchak (TCNJ) 4-6, 6-2, 7-6

2. Roger Mosteller (TCNJ) def. Amrit Rupasinghe (BATES) 6-2, 6-3

3. Eric Ferriere (TCNJ) def. Maxwell Berger (BATES) 7-6, 6-4

4. Corey Ball (TCNJ) def. Danillo Acosta (BATES) 6-2, 6-4

5. Zach Fenno (BATES) vs. Jeremy Eckardt (TCNJ) 6-4, 7-6 (4)

6. Sonnie Pollosco (TCNJ) def. Michael Sherman (BATES), 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Michael Klimchak/Roger Mosteller (TCNJ) def. Ben Stein/Maxwell Berger (BATES) 8-3

2. Eric Ferriere/Corey Ball (TCNJ) def. Amrit Rupasinghe/Ryan Mannelly (BATES) 8-2

3. Danilo Acosta/Adam Nielson (BATES) def. Jeremy Eckardt/James Vance (TCNJ) 8-3

-- TCNJ Sports Information