BABSON PARK, Mass.—Despite a pair of three-set wins in singles, Babson College suffered a 7-2 loss to 18th-ranked Brandeis University in non-conference men's tennis action on Thursday afternoon.
Babson, which had its three-match winning streak snapped, falls to 5-2 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 8-2 overall with its third consecutive win.
Competing for the first time at its brand new facility, the Beavers fell behind 3-0 after doubles. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and first-year Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) fell 8-4 at number one, while senior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and first-year Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) dropped an 8-4 decision at number two.
The Judges finished off the sweep as first-years Nikhil Das (Smithfield, R.I.) and Rajan Vohra (Glen Head, N.Y.) downed sophomore Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) and first-year Cameron Gruss (Kittery, Maine), 8-1, at number three.
Libnic and Gruss both bounced back with three-set wins in singles. Libnic dropped the first set before rallying past Brandeis junior Jackson Kogan (Pacific Palisades, Calif.), 2-6, 6-1, 1-0 (14-12), at number one, while Gruss outlasted sophomore Benjamin Wolfe (Blue Bell, Pa.), 6-4, 0-6, 1-0 (11-9) at number six.
Rosenbluth was beaten 6-3, 6-3 at number two and Kolesnik dropped a 6-0, 6-3 decision at number three. Levitan forced a first-set tiebreaker before falling 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 at number four, while senior Dylan Levy (Miami, Fla.) suffered a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at number five.
Babson returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts MIT at 3:30 p.m., while the Judges travel to NYU on Saturday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 4-18 against Brandeis since 2003.
• Levitan's loss at fourth singles snapped his personal four-match winning streak.
• Thursday's match was the first of three straight against nationally-ranked foes for the Beavers.