Brandeis men’s tennis upsets No. 24 Bates, 6-3
Zach Fenno ’10
WALTHAM, Mass. — The Brandeis University men’s tennis team defeated No. 24-ranked Bates College on Sunday, 6-3, for the Judges’ first win over the Bobcats since 1999.
Winning points for Bates (2-1), ranked sixth in New England, were sophomore Ben Stein (Pelham, N.Y.) at No. 3 singles, first-year Zach Fenno (Armonk, N.Y.) at No. 6 singles and the duo of Fenno and first-year Mike Reiss (Rockville Centre, N.Y.) at third doubles. The match was highlighted by a marathon battle at No. 5 singles, where Brandeis’s Cliff Silverman defeated Bates sophomore Mike Sherman (Huntington, N.Y.) in a super tiebreaker, 4-6, 6-3 (16-14).
Brandeis (3-5), ranked 14th in New England, opened the match with wins at the first two doubles positions. Seniors Sam Jonas (Toronto, Ont.) and Mike Vulfovich (Lexington, Mass.) took No. 1 doubles, 9-8, winning the tiebreaker, 7-4. Classmates Adam Sher (Columbia, Mo.) and Jordan Bieber (Poughkeepsie, N.Y.) won an 8-6 decision at No. 2.
Bates will host the University of Southern Maine this Thursday at 5 p.m.
Brandeis University 6, No. 24 Bates College 3
1. Vulfovich, Michael (BRMTEN) def. Amrit Rupasinghe (BATES) 6-4, 6-2
2. Jonas, Sam (BRMTEN) def. Mike Reiss (BATES) 6-1, 6-3
3. Ben Stein (BATES) def. Sher, Adam (BRMTEN) 6-4, 7-6 (7-4)
4. Bieber, Jordan (BRMTEN) def. Max Berger (BATES) 2-6, 6-0, 6-3
5. Silverman, Cliff (BRMTEN) def. Mike Sherman (BATES) 4-6, 6-3, 16-14
6. Zach Fenno (BATES) def. Schulman, Scott (BRMTEN) 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
1. Jonas, Sam/Vulfovich, Michael (BRMTEN) def. Ben Stein/Max Berger (BATES) 9-8 (7-4)
2. Sher, Adam/Bieber, Jordan (BRMTEN) def. Amrit Rupasinghe/Ryan Mannelly (BATES) 8-6
3. Mike Reiss/Zach Fenno (BATES) def. Schulman, Scott/Tesser, Derek (BRMTEN) 8-6