Men's Tennis at No. 3 Middlebury
Sunday, March 11—3 p.m.
Nelson Recreation Center—Middlebury, Vt.
Babson and Middlebury will meet for just the second time overall and first time since the 2014 NCAA Tournament on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers are 0-1 against the Panthers.
Then-No. 3 Middlebury raced out to a 3-0 lead after doubles and used a pair of straight-set wins in singles to defeat visiting Babson, 5-0, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on May 9, 2014.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS
No. 3 Middlebury (0-0) returns 10 players from a team that went 21-4 and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in row before falling to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, 5-4, last spring. Junior Lubomir Cuba became the first player in program history to win the NCAA singles championship, and teamed up with senior William de Quant to become the Panthers' first NCAA doubles champions a season ago. De Quant is 13-4 in all singles matches this season, while senior Timo van der Geest went 11-3 in the fall. van der Geest and classmate Kyle Schlanger have both gone 7-3 in doubles play.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (2-0) opened the weekend with a 5-4 win at Connecticut College on Saturday. After building a 2-1 lead in doubles, the Beavers got singles victories from sophomore Alberto De Mendiola and first-years Andre Libnic and Chris Kolesnik to close out the match. De Mendiola is 2-0 at number one singles, while Kolesnik, Libnic, senior Dylan Levy, junior Brandon Rosenbluth and sophomore Scott Riester have all won four matches in all singles competitions this season. Sophomore Dylan Pace and first-year Cameron Gruss are both 2-0 in dual-match doubles action this spring.
OPENING HONORS FOR DE MENDIOLA, ROSENBLUTH
De Mendiola was selected as the NEWMAC Singles Player of the Week and also earned collected the league's doubles team of the week honor with Rosenbluth on Monday. The duo is now 17-3 going back to the start of last season in all doubles matches.
NESCAC DOUBLE FOR THE BEAVERS
Coming off its win over Connecticut College on Saturday, the Green and White heads north to face national power Middlebury. The matches are the first of five scheduled this spring against NESCAC foes. Sunday's contest is also the first of six against nationally-ranked foes on the schedule this spring.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won 11 of their last 12 matches when leading after doubles.