CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Second-seeded Babson College suffered a 5-0 loss to top-seeded and 20th-ranked MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship match on Sunday afternoon at the Katz Tennis Courts.
Babson, which was making its fifth consecutive finals appearance, sees its season come to a close at 11-9 overall. MIT (17-4), which has never lost a NEWMAC Tournament match, claimed its 19th consecutive league title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Engineers picked up the first point of the match as sophomore Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and first-year Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) defeated the Beavers' duo of junior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Ho Wang Alastair Ng (Hong Kong), 8-2. Sophomore Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and first-year Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) had their 11-match winning streak snapped with a 9-7 loss at first doubles, while first-years Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) and Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) also fell 9-7 at number three.
Needing just two points in singles, MIT got straight-set victories from sophomore Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) at number four and senior Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) at number six. Levitan was the lone Babson player to win a set in singles, as he and Engineers' first-year Victor Cheng (Santa Monica, Calif.) split the first two frames at number three.
MIT will learn where it is headed for the NCAA Tournament on Monday afternoon.
• The Beavers have won at least 11 matches in five consecutive seasons going back 2012-13.
• Rosenbluth and De Mendiola, who are ranked eighth in the ITA regional poll, finished the year with 14 wins, which matches Mike Brooks '05 and John Martin '05 for the most by a Babson doubles tandem going back to 2004-05.