After an 8-1 win over Tufts last Friday, the men's tennis team's match against Bates was rained out on Tuesday.

Chris Lord '14, Casey Grindon '13, Noah Bragg '15, Kyle Wolstencroft '15, and Doug Caplan '15 won singles matches against the Jumbos.

However, the biggest wins came from the doubles teams, which won by a combined score of 24-10. Sam King '14 and captain Oscar Pena '12 played No. 1 doubles, Wolstencroft and Caplan paired together at No. 2 doubles, and Grindon partnered with Lord at No. 3.

With six matches left in the regular season, first year coach Conor Smith is pleased with the progress his team has made thus far. He said the ability to win games from various areas of the line-up has been a definite advantage, and that strength in doubles has allowed the team to advance 2-1 and 3-0 against nationally ranked teams.

The team was "points away from being up 3-0 in doubles against No. 1 Amherst, so it's really encouraging to know that our doubles can hang with anyone," Smith said.

The Polar Bears must now make every match count, as what matters most to Smith is not necessarily mid-season rankings, but rather playing their best at the end of the season.

"I think it's exciting for them to be ranked 10th in the nation right now," he said. "We all believe that this is just the beginning."

The team plays at home against Brandeis today at 2 p.m. and at Middlebury tomorrow.

-Compiled by Liv King.