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Men's tennis team dominant at Div. 1 Lehigh








BETHLEHEM, Pa. -- The Bates College men's tennis team scored a 6-1 victory at Division I Lehigh University on Sunday inside the Lewis Tennis Center, moving to 9-3 on the season.

Bates lost its lone point at No. 6 singles in dominating the host Mountain Hawks with victories at all three doubles positions and posting straight-set wins at Nos. 2 through 5 singles. Junior Ben Stein (Pelham, N.Y.) won 9-7 in a pro-set tiebreaker at No. 1 singles over Lehigh's John Nespoli, and teamed with sophomore Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) to win 9-7 at No. 1 doubles.

Rupasinghe and sophomore teammtes Mike Reiss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.), Max Berger (Concord, N.H.) and Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) took singles wins at 2 through 5, respectively. Fenno teamed up with senior Danilo Acosta (Quito, Ecuador) for an 8-4 win at No. 2 doubles, and Berger partnered with sophomore Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.) for an 8-6 win at third doubles.

Bates continues its southern swing with a match at Swarthmore College on Tuesday at 3 p.m.

Bates 6, Lehigh 1

1. Stein/Rupasinghe (Bates) def. Nespoli/List (LU) 9-7

2. Fenno/Acosta (Bates) def. Pacheco/Silbert (LU) 8-4

3. Berger/Mannelly (Bates) def. Bolcar/Bolcar (LU) 8-6


1. Ben Stein (Bates) def. John Nespoli (LU) 9-7

2. Amrit Rupasinghe (Bates) def. Troy List (LU) 7-6, 6-3

3. Mike Reiss (Bates) def. J.T. Bolcar (LU) 6-2, 6-3

4. Max Berger (Bates) def. Arnaldo Pacheco (LU) 7-6, 6-2

5. Zack Fenno (Bates) def. Chris Collins (LU) 6-4, 7-5

6. Cameron Silbert (LU) def. Danilo Acosta (Bates) 7-6, 3-6, 6-3