NORTON, Mass.—Babson College's top four players all picked up points in singles and doubles as the Beavers defeated Wheaton College, 8-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action on Wednesday afternoon at the Clark Tennis Courts.
With its sixth consecutive victory, Babson concludes the regular season at 13-4 overall and 5-1 in league play, while Wheaton slips to 9-8 overall and 3-3 in the NEWMAC. The Beavers will be the second seed in next week's conference tournament, while the Lyons are seeded fourth.
Babson's top doubles pairing of junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) and sophomore Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) collected the first point of the match with an 8-1 win. Senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) followed with an 8-7 (7-4) triumph at number two before Wheaton got on the board at number three where junior Ned Roosevelt (New York, N.Y.) and first-year David Hernaez Sanz (Madrid, Spain) edged junior Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Northborough, Mass.) 8-7 (8-6).
The Beavers dominated in singles earning five of six points in straight sets. Kolesnik was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at number four, Libnic cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 decision at number two and Rosenbluth won 6-4, 6-1 at number three. First-year Rafael Premisleaner (Ojai, Calif.) also posted a 6-4, 6-1 result at number six, while De Mendiola recorded a 7-5, 6-3 victory at number one.
The lone three-set match came at number five where Zhang rallied for a 3-6, 6-0, 6-2 triumph over senior Jeremiah Ryser (Cross River, N.Y.).
Babson returns to action next Wednesday when it hosts Coast Guard in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal match at 3:30 p.m., while Wheaton will host Clark in a quarterfinal match on Saturday.
• The Beavers are 19-10 all-time against Wheaton and have won 10 of the last 11 matches between the programs.
• Over the last seven seasons Babson has not lost to a NEWMAC opponent other than MIT going 40-0 against the other five teams in the conference.
• The Beavers' 13 wins entering the conference tournament are tied for the second most in school behind the 2014-15 squad that finished 14-4.