LEWISTON, Maine – The Tufts University men's tennis team posted eight singles victories and five doubles victories during opening-day action at the Bates Invitational Saturday, as six Jumbos will compete in second-day action Sunday in Lewiston, Maine.
|Ethan Chen went 4-0, with a pair of singles and doubles victories.|
Sophomore Ethan Chen led the charge for the Jumbos Saturday, as he compiled a perfect 4-0 record, while junior Danny Coran and freshman Ethan Bershtein went 3-1, respectively. Freshman Benjamin Biswas (2-1), junior Rohan Gupte (2-1), freshman Jason Scanlon (2-1), freshman Nathan Niemiec (2-2) and freshman Zach Shaff (0-2) all competed in opening-day action for the Jumbos.
Gupte will compete in the semifinals of the "A" singles flight against Ryan Bunis of Brandeis Sunday, while Chen will compete in the semifinal round of the "B" singles flight against second-seeded Eliot Rozovsky of Bowdoin. Second-seeded Coran will also represent the Jumbos in second-day action, as he will compete in the semifinal round of the "C" singles flight against John Wynne of Skidmore.
Chen and Bershtein will compete against Grant Urken and Justin Patel of Bowdoin in the semifinal round on one side of the "B" doubles flight, while on the other side of the bracket Scanlon and Biswas will take on Adam Schwartz and Vidyut Yadav of Bates.
Chen posted back-to-back wins in the "B" singles flight in first-day action Saturday, as he defeated Brent Feldman of Bates, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round, and then outlasted David Eisenberg of Brandeis, 7-5, 7-6 (1), in the quarterfinals.
Gupte did not waste any time announcing his arrival to the tournament, as he defeated second-seeded Vlad Murad of Colby, 6-3, 4-6, 10-6, during first-round action. The Las Vegas, Nevada, native then defeated Pat Ordway of Bates, 6-2, 4-6, 5-4 Ret., in the quarterfinals.
Coran recorded back-to-back, straight-set victories during the opening two rounds in the "C" singles flight. The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, native got the better of Jeremy Mendoza of Colby, 6-1, 6-2, in the first round, and then outperformed Jordan Brodie of Brandeis, 6-1, 6-1, during the quarterfinal round.
Chen and Bershtein showed their potential, as they worked together to defeat Zach Cihlar and Jeff Cherkin of Brandeis, 8-6, in the first round of the "B" doubles flight. The two athletes then beat Duane Davis and Dylan Davis of Bates, 8-4, in quarterfinal-round action.
Scanlon and Biswas came out of the gates flying on the other side of the "B" doubles bracket, as the two individuals defeated Samuel Buffum and Edan Sossen of Trinity, 8-1, in opening-round action. The dynamic duo then beat Mendoza and Luis Gonzalez Kompalic of Colby, 8-6, in the quarterfinals.
Bershtein started strong in the "C" singles flight, as he defeated Cam Hillier of Colby, 7-5, 6-4, in the first round, but then Bershtein was beat by top-seeded Luke Carstens of Bowdoin, 6-3, 6-2, in the quarterfinals. Neimiec won an opening-round match against top-seeded Gil Roddy of Bowdoin, 6-0, 6-1, but then the Scottsdale, Arizona, native was outlasted, 6-2, 6-3, by Tyler Ng of Brandeis in the quarterfinals.
Coran and Neimiec competed together in the "A" doubles flight, as the pairing defeated William Boyd and Jagger Riefler of Trinity, 8-4, in the first round. The two athletes were then outlasted, 8-5, in the quarterfinals by the top-seeded pairing of Kyle Wolfe and Yangeng Jiang of Bowdoin.
The Jumbos will compete in second-day action tomorrow at the Bates Invitational in Lewiston, Maine. The squad will then conclude the fall portion of its schedule by competing at the MIT Invitational next weekend in Cambridge, Massachusetts.