One of the highlights of the spring athletic season at Bates came in May, when the Wallach Tennis Center had the feel of a festival as Bates hosted the NCAA Division III Men’s Tennis Championships for the second time in five years.
The Bates duo of Ben Stein and Amrit Rupasinghe, in their quest for an NCAA doubles title, picked up victories over Trinity (Texas) University and Washington (Mo.) University to advance to the semifinals and earn All-America honors.
The tournament capped a spring season in which the Bates men’s team finished 12-5 and grew Bates’ men’s tennis All-Americans list from four (Buddy Schultz’81, Paul Gastonguay ’89, Will Boe-Wiegaard ’06 and Tristan Beach ’06) to six, with the addition of Stein and Rupasinghe.
Rupasinghe is only one of a talented group of sophomores who continued to improve with impressive seasons. The list also includes No. 3 singles playerMichael Reiss, No. 4 Maxwell Berger and No. 5 Zach Fenno, as well as No. 3 doubles player Ryan Mannelly.
Not to be overlooked, co-captain Danilo Acosta finished his career with the distinct honor of receiving the Lindholm Scholar-Athlete award, as the senior male varsity student-athlete who maintained the highest cumulative grade point average.