CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Senior Bates College men's tennis captain Ben Rosen and sophomore Jacob Kauppila turned in a dominating third set performance to defeat the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps combination of Julian Gordy and Nikolai Parodi by a score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Doubles Championships.
With the victory, Rosen (Port Washington, N.Y.) and Kauppila (Chesterfield, Mo.) advance to the NCAA quarterfinals to take on the Wabash pair of Patrick McAuley and William Reifeis Friday at 3:30 p.m. pacific time.
The win ensures NCAA Doubles All-American status for Rosen and Kauppila. It's the first All-America honor of Kauppila's young career. Rosen is now a four-time All-American, although this is his first NCAA Doubles All-America honor.
Thursday's victory also marks the 100th win (singles and doubles) of Rosen's outstanding career at Bates.
After splitting the first two sets, Rosen and Kauppila took control of the match. Rosen's powerful serve and Kauppila's terrific play at the net was too much for Gordy and Parodi to handle. Already up 3-0, Kauppila delivered a devastating blow to the CMS foes by delivering a perfect return that clipped the far right line, breaking Gordy and Nikolai for the second time. After that, it was only a matter of time as Rosen and Kauppila won the set 6-0 to clinch the match.
The win was a great way to end the day for Rosen, who lost a hard-fought singles match to Pomona-Pitzer's Jed Kronenberg by a count of 3-6, 5-7 Thursday morning.
Rosen and Kauppila are the first Bates pair to earn NCAA Doubles All-America honors since Pierre Planche '15 and Timmy Berg '14 advanced to the NCAA finals in 2014.