NEEDHAM, Mass.—The Babson College men's tennis team rallied from a one-point lead after doubles by winning four of the first five completed singles matches and defeated visiting Trinity College, 5-4, in non-conference action on Sunday afternoon at the Boston Sports Club.
Babson, which is off to its best start since 1997, improved to 4-0, while Trinity begins its dual match schedule at 0-1.
Senior Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Southborough, Mass.) picked up the first point of the match for the Beavers with an 8-3 victory at number three doubles. The Bantams evened the match with an 8-5 win at number two doubles and the duo of first-year Ross DeRose (Buffalo, N.Y.) and junior Courtland Boyle (Pembroke, Bermuda) edged Babson senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Calif.), 8-6, at number one doubles to grab a 2-1 advantage.
De Mendiola responded with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at number one singles, Rosenbluth avenged his doubles loss with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph at third singles, and first-year Ron Brody (Springfield, N.J.) came through with a 6-4, 6-3 result at number four to put the Beavers back in front for good. DeRose earned Trinity's first singles point with a hard-fought 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2) win over Babson sophomore Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) at number two.
Zhang collected the clinching point of the match with his 6-2, 6-4 victory at number five, while Pace fell to Bantams' first-year Charles Kilborn (Winnetka, Ill.), 0-6, 6-4, 6-2, in the final match of the day at number six.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it kicks off its trip to southern California against Whittier next Saturday at 5 p.m. ET. Trinity will take on Whittier on March 18.
• Sunday's win was the Beavers' first against Trinity in 12 meetings going back to 2002.
• Babson is 19-5 in dual-match singles play on the year.
• The Beavers are now 3-4 over their last seven matches when trailing after doubles.