Men's Tennis Falls to Vassar, Downs Clark for First NEWMAC Win

Men's Tennis Falls to Vassar, Downs Clark for First NEWMAC Win

BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday, falling 5-4 to Vassar College in the morning before picking up its first New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) victory with a 7-2 result against Clark University.

Babson vs. Vassar
Despite building a 2-1 lead after doubles, the Beavers were unable to hold on as the Brewers rallied to take the match with victories in five of six singles matches.

First-year Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) and sophomore Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) were 8-3 winners at number one doubles, while the duo of junior Dylan Levy (Miami, Fla.) and Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) recorded an 8-2 triumph at number three.

De Mendiola earned Babson's lone singles point with a hard-fought 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 triumph at number one. Rosenbluth rallied from a set down before falling 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in a third set-tiebreaker. Vassar won each of the final four singles matches in straight sets to improve to 10-7 on the season.

Babson vs. Clark
Levitan, junior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Ho Wang Alastair Ng (Hong Kong) were all victorious in both singles and doubles as the Green and White snapped its three-match winning streak with an easy win against Clark.

The Beavers are now 6-7 overall and 1-1 in the NEWMAC, while the Cougars drop to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Levy and Levitan breezed to an 8-3 triumph at third doubles, Roque and Ng were 8-3 winners at number two, and despite going the distance in their respective singles matches earlier in the day, De Mendiola and Rosenbluth came back to collect an 8-6 victory at number one.

Levitan posted a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win at first singles and Roque followed with a 6-2, 6-0 result at number two. Ng coasted to a 6-0, 6-2 victory at number three and first-year Jonathan Ben-Rey (Las Vegas, Nev.) posted a decisive 6-1, 6-0 triumph at number five.

Junior Connor Chin (Lexington, Mas.) suffered a 6-2, 6-0 loss at number four and first-year Scott Riester (Lynnfield, Mass.) dropped a 3-6, 6-1, 6-4 decision in his Babson debut at number six.

The Beavers return to action on Thursday with a dual match at nationally-ranked Brandeis beginning at 3 p.m.

MATCH NOTES
•    Babson has now won eight straight matches against Clark and is 28-2 against the Cougars going back to 1997.
•    The Beavers are 2-1 all-time against Vassar.
•    De Mendiola and Rosenbluth have won six consecutive doubles matches at number one.

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