Men's Tennis

1998 NCAA Individual National Champion | 3 NCAA Tournaments | 1 Conference Championship

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. Trinity

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. Trinity

Men's Tennis vs. Trinity
Sunday, March 10 | 2:30 p.m.
Boston Sports Club | Needham, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Trinity will meet for the 12th time since 2002 on Sunday. The Bantams have won all 11 of the previous matches between the programs in the last two decades.

LAST MEETING
• Roberto Perez '16 and Victor Vu '16 picked up Babson's lone point with an 8-3 win at number one doubles in the Beavers' 5-1 loss to Trinity on April 29, 2014, in Hartford, Conn.
• Ford Troff and Musyoka Mbihi posted victories in both singles and doubles for the Bantams.

SCOUTING THE BANTAMS
• Trinity (0-0) brings back nine players from a team that went 6-7 overall and 1-6 in the NESCAC last season.
• The sophomore duo of Christopher Bilicic and Granville Kaynor tied for second on the team with four singles wins apiece, and went 8-6 playing together in doubles.
• The Bantams participated in three fall tournaments and sent Bilicic and Kaynor to the ITA New England Championships, where they fell in the opening round of both the singles and doubles draws.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (3-0) opened its spring schedule with an 8-1 win over Holy Cross last Saturday.
• Five players picked up points in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who got three-set singles triumphs from senior Brandon Rosenbluth, junior Alberto De Mendiola and sophomore Chris Kolesnik.
• De Mendiola is 6-1 in singles and has gone 5-2 in doubles playing alongside Rosenbluth, while sophomore Andre Libnic has won his first five doubles matches to start the year.
• Rosenbluth is 4-1 in singles with two wins at number three and first-year Tyler Zhang is 4-0 with a pair of dual-match victories.

THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER
• With their win over Holy Cross last Sunday, the Beavers are off to their first 3-0 start since 1997. The year Babson won its first 11 matches and reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history before falling to Bowdoin.

POLL POSITION
• The Green and White was picked to finish second when the NEWMAC released its preseason coaches' poll earlier this week. Babson, which won its lone conference regular season title in 2015, has come in second in the conference standings in five of the last six years.

SURGING IN SINGLES
• Babson has gone 16-2 in dual-match singles play over its first three matches with the lone losses coming at number three against Merrimack on October 16 and at number five last Saturday versus Holy Cross.

WHAT'S UP NEXT
• The Beavers head to southern California to play five matches in the span of seven days beginning on March 16 at Whittier. The trip also includes matches against third-ranked Bowdoin and No. 25 Denison.

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