|Amrit Rupasinghe '10 (left) and Ben Stein '09 display their hardware for reaching the doubles finals at ITAs. (Williams College Sports Information photo)|
The youthful and talented Bates men's tennis team continued its ascendancy in the Northeast during the brief fall season.
Captains Ben Stein '09 and Danilo Acosta '08 led the Bobcats to a strong showing at the Middlebury Invitational. Stein reached the finals of the A-Flight of singles. Acosta earned Bobcat of the Week honors after winning the C-Flight of singles and reaching the finals of the B-Flight of doubles with Zach Fenno '10.
Fall invitational tournaments are a good opportunity to test out our talent and to get some match experience against some of the top teams in the region. The ITA Regional Championship indicates where we stack up against the top players in the Northeast.
Stein emphasized why he is one of the elite players in arguably the nation's strongest region by cruising through to the semifinals of singles at ITAs, where he fell in a hard-fought 3-set contest.
Stein joined Sri Lankan Men's National Singles Champion and Davis Cup team member, Amrit Rupasinghe '10 to reach the finals of the ITA doubles championships, where they lost a very closely contested match to the eventual ITA Small College National Champions.
In the first duel match of the season, the Bobcats soundly defeated NESCAC opponent Wesleyan, 9-0. Dedicated to working hard in the off-season, the men's team looks forward to improving upon its past success when the spring season rolls around.