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April 9, 2009

Men's tennis battles it out with Bowdoin

Amrit Rupasinghe '10 battled to a 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-6 loss at No. 2 singles. (Photo by Suzy Preston)

LEWISTON, Maine -- The No. 22 nationally ranked Bates College men's tennis team fell 9-0 to rival 11th-ranked Bowdoin on Thursday at the Wallach Tennis Center. The Polar Bears (9-2, 5-0 NESCAC) swept the doubles portion of the match in a trio of close matches, then prevailed in every singles match despite several close scores to win their seventh straight match.

At No. 2 singles, Oscar Pena outlasted Bates junior Amrit Rupasinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka) 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-6, and at No. 4 the Polar Bears' Josh Cranin won in another tiebreaker over Bates junior captain Ryan Mannelly (New Canaan, Conn.), 6-4, 3-6, 10-3.

Bates (7-3, 2-3 NESCAC) next plays at Hamilton on April 19 at 11 a.m.

For more on this story and what's going on with the Bates tennis teams, please catch up with us on the team blog at http://batestennis.wordpress.com/

Bowdoin 9, Bates 0

Doubles:

1. Jamie Neely/Oscar Pena (Bowdoin) def Ben Stein/Amrit Rupasinghe (Bates) 8-4

2. Stephen Sullivan/Alex Caughron (Bowdoin) def Max Berger/Ryan Mannelly (Bates) 8-5

3. Tyler Anderson/Alex White (Bowdoin) def Zach Fenno/Jeff Beaton (Bates) 8-5

Singles:

1. Sullivan (Bowdoin) def Stein (Bates) 6-1, 7-6(3)

2. Pena (Bowdoin) def Rupasinghe (Bates) 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-6

3. Anderson (Bowdoin) def Berger (Bates) 6-3, 6-2

4. Josh Cranin (Bowdoin) def Mannelly (Bates) 6-4, 3-6, 10-3

5. Caughron (Bowdoin) def Fenno 6-0, 6-4

6. White (Bowdoin) def Beaton (Bates) 6-1, 6-3

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