|Junior Rohan Gupte posted a pair of victories in doubles action.|
WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. – The Tufts University men's tennis team posted four victories in the doubles bracket during first-day action at the ITA Regional Tournament at Williams College, as four Jumbos will compete in second-day action Saturday in Williamstown, Massachusetts.
Freshmen Zach Shaff and Nathan Niemiec performed exceptionally for the Jumbos, as they posted a pair of victories in the doubles bracket. They outlasted Austin DeLasse and Alexander Comerchero of UMass Boston, 8-2, in the first round, and then the dynamic duo defeated Pat Ordway and Chris Ellis of Bates in the second round, 8-5. Shaff and Niemiec will compete in third-round action Saturday against Lubomir Cuba and William de Quant of Middlebury.
Juniors Rohan Gupte and Zain Ali were ready to showcase their talent, as they defeated Ben Roque and Dan Levitan of Babson in the second round, 8-1, after receiving a first-round bye. The two athletes will compete against Kyle Wolfe and Yangeng Jiang of Bowdoin in the third round Saturday.
Ali also competed in the 64-player singles bracket, but he was defeated in the opening round, 6-4, 6-3, by Brian Grodecki of Williams. Chen competed against sixth-seeded Michael Liu of Wesleyan in the opening round of the singles bracket, but the Weston, Massachusetts, native fell short in a hard-fought, three-set match, 5-7, 6-1, 6-2. Gupte was defeated in first-round action, 6-1, 6-2, by Alex Taylor of Williams.
The Jumbos will compete in second-day action tomorrow at the ITA Regional Tournament, with the hopes of sending some competitors to third-day action Sunday. The Jumbos will then compete in the Bates Invitational Saturday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 9, in Lewiston, Maine.