CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. -- Playing in the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Singles Championship tournament for the second straight year, Bates College junior Ben Rosen didn't find the same success this time around, falling 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to Nikolai Parodi of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in the Round of 32.
The unseeded Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) drew a particularly tough first-round opponent in Parodi, the third seed in the field of 32 players. Parodi is the ITA Division III Rookie of the Year and the No. 1 singles player for the Stags, who yesterday fell 5-2 in the NCAA team championship match to Emory University.
Rosen earned All-America honors in 2016 by winning his matches in the Round of 32 and Round of 16 to advance to the national quarterfinals. His loss on Thursday is only the second in his past 13 matches.
Rosen's loss closes the books on Bates' successful 2017 season. The Bobcats earned a No. 18 national ranking in the final ITA Division III poll and earned their first bid to the six-team NESCAC Championship tournament since 2013.