BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior captain Nick Martin (State College, Pa.) rallied from a set down to record the decisive point at number four singles to help the United States Coast Guard Academy claim a 5-4 victory over host Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action at the Farwell Courts on Wednesday afternoon.
Playing their first league match of the season, the Bears improved to 6-2 overall and 1-0 in NEWMAC play, while Babson suffers its third straight loss to fall to 4-8 overall and 1-1 against conference competition.
The senior tandem of captain Danny Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) and Nissim Cohen-Sabban (Chula Vista, Calif.) put Babson on the board with a dominating 8-1 win at third doubles, but Coast Guard took the remaining two matches to take a 2-1 lead heading into singles play. The Beavers then came charging back with straight-set victories by Schneider at number six, junior Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) at three, and sophomore Ferran Arimon (Miami, Fla.) at five, but Coast Guard senior Greg Mitchell (Keene, N.H.) earned a hard-fought 6-4, 7-6 (5) win at one and sophomore Josh Fischer (Roanoke, Texas) added a 7-6 (3), 6-4 victory at two to even things up at 4-4 overall.
In the decisive match at fourth singles, Babson first-year Roy Murdock (Santa Monica, Calif.) took the first set in a tie-breaker, 7-6 (4). However, Martin responded with a 6-0 win in set two and then completed the comeback by taking the final set, 6-2, to give Coast Guard the overall match.