CLAREMONT, Calif. -- First-year Connor DeFiore, first-year Roy Murdock, and senior captain Danny Schneider each rallied from a set down to win their singles matches to help power the Babson College men's tennis team to a thrilling 5-4 victory over Salisbury University in a non-conference contest at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps on Monday night. With the win, and the team's earlier loss to nationally-ranked Williams earlier in the day, Babson moved to 3-4 on the year.
Babson grabbed an early advantage by winning the first two doubles matches, with the combination of DeFiore and first-year Ramone Doyley taking their match at one, 8-5, and Murdock and Schneider teaming up for an 8-4 victory at two. Salisbury (1-2) then nabbed its first point at three, where Justin Smith and Adam Goldenberger edged junior Rushab Tanna and first-year Sanjay Zimmermann, 8-5.
Five of the six singles matches went three full sets, with the lone straight-set win going to Salisbury's Nick Mancuso at number six. The Sea Gulls' Daniel Albers then finished off a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 win at number two to move his team in front, 3-2.
After dropping the first set, Murdock rallied to post the first of three critical Beaver victories when he won, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2, at number three. Schneider added another comeback win at five, 1-6, 6-3, 6-2, before Salisbury's Curtis Quandt took a hard-fought battle with Zimmerman, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, at four. With the overall match knotted at 4-4, DeFiore then completed his comeback victory at number one, topping Daniel Barnas, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 to give Babson the 5-4 win.
In their first match of the day, the Beavers fell to national powerhouse Williams (4-0), ranked third in the country in the most recent Campbell/ITA Division III rankings, by a score of 9-0. The closest match of the contest came at number one singles, where Trey Meyer of Williams defeated DeFiore, 6-3, 6-2.
Babson will complete its spring break competition with two more matches on Wednesday. The Beavers will take on Trinity at 1 p.m. ET, following by another night match against host Claremont-Mudd-Scripps at 9 p.m. ET.