No. 19 men's tennis sweeps Chapman in spring opener

Bates sophomore Jacob Kauppila won at No. 1 doubles and No. 4 singles in Bates' 9-0 sweep of Chapman University on Feb. 20, 2018. (File photo by Theophil Syslo/Bates College)

ORANGE, Calif. -- The No. 19 nationally ranked Bates men's tennis team took its spring opener handily in a 9-0 victory at Chapman University Tuesday night.

The Bobcats (1-0) won every set in singles and swept doubles play in the win. They will next play Thursday at No. 12 Pomona-Pitzer, starting at 4pm Pacific time in Claremont, California.

Following the Bates women's team's 7-2 win over Chapman, the Bates men took the courts and swept doubles play. Senior Ben Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and sophomore Jacob Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) teamed up at No. 1 doubles in an 8-2 victory; at No. 2, junior Josh Quijano (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior captain Josh Leiner (Baltimore, Md.) won 8-4; and at third doubles, sophomore Vidyut Yadav (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) and junior Duane Davis (Dix Hills, N.Y.) defeated Darrus Lee and Terry Kang 8-6.

Rosen, Bates' three-time All-American, proceeded to defeat Len Kamemoto 6-2, 6-3 at No. 1 singles. That and sophomore Jacob Eisenberg's (Armonk, N.Y.) 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 5 singles represented the two closest contests, as Quijano won 6-1, 6-2 at No. 2, Leiner won 6-0, 6-2 at No. 3, Kauppila won 6-1, 6-1 at fourth singles and Yadav won every game in his match at sixth singles.