CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and sophomore Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) won a hard-fought match at number two doubles, but top-seeded and 31st-ranked MIT dominated singles play on the way to defeating the Beavers, 5-1, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final on Saturday afternoon.
Babson, which had its seven-match winning streak, ends the year at 14-5 overall, while MIT improves to 13-5 with its 21st consecutive NEWMAC Tournament crown.
The Engineers earned the first two points of the day as seniors Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) defeated senior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) and sophomore Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) 8-2 at number one doubles, while junior Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) and senior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) posted an 8-3 win over the Beavers' duo of junior Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Northborough, Mass.) at number three. Rosenbluth and Kolesnik jumped out to a 6-3 lead and held off sophomores Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) and Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) 8-6 at number two.
Cauneac collected his second point of the day with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over Libnic at number two singles, while Zhao followed with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Zhang at number five. Go clinched the match for MIT with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph over Kolesnik at number four singles.
Rosenbluth trailed 5-7, 1-0 at number three singles, De Mendiola was down 6-1, 3-2 at number one and Babson first-year Ron Brody (Springfield, N.J.) dropped the first set and was behind 4-3 in the second at the time of decision.
• Babson has had its season ended by MIT in the NEWMAC title match in seven consecutive seasons going back to 2013.
• The Beavers' 14 wins matches the single-season program record set during the 2014-15 campaign.
• Rosenbluth ends his career with 102 career wins, 58 of which came in doubles play.