|Junior Ben Barad won in first singles, 7-6 (5) and 7-6 (2)
MEDFORD - The 10th ranked Bowdoin College men's tennis team scored an 8-1 victory over Tufts in a NESCAC match played at the newly-refurbished Voute Courts on Saturday afternoon. The win was the fourth straight for Bowdoin, who improved to 6-5 overall and 3-1 in NESCAC. The Jumbos fell to 8-5 and 2-2 with their first loss in five matches.
The Polar Bears took early control of the match by sweeping doubles. Freshmen Kyle Wolstencroft (Greenwich, CT) and Doug Caplan (Harrisburg, PA) had the most convincing win for the visitors, 8-2 in the #2 match. Senior co-captain Oscar Pena (Miami, FL) and sophomore Sam King (Rye Brook, NY) won 8-5 over Jumbos Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) and Matt Pataro (Coral Gables, FL) in #1 play.
Jumbo junior Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) won an exciting #1 singles match for Tufts in a pair of tie-breakers against King. However, the Polar Bears won the other five. Tufts freshman Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) and Caplan played three sets at #6, with Bowdoin winning 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. Though the team score had been determined, Tufts sophomore Austin Blau (East Hills, NY) also went three with Bowdoin's Casey Grindon (Pacific Palisades, CA) at #3, with the Polar Bears again prevailing 4-6, 7-6 (3) and 10-4 in a super tie-breaker.
Tufts next plays a non-conference match at MIT on Wednesday beginning at 4 pm. Bowdoin hosts in-state and NESCAC rival Bates on Tuesday at 3 pm.