WORCESTER, Mass.—Clark University took two of the three doubles matches and then grabbed wins in four of the six singles matches to earn a pivotal 6-3 win over Babson College this afternoon in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action.
Clark's fifth straight win pushes them to 14-2 on the season and 3-1 in the NEWMAC, while Babson drops to 4-10 overall and 1-3 in NEWMAC play.
The Beavers' duo of senior Nissim Cohen-Sabban (Chula Vista, Calif.) and sophomore Hubert Cromback (Cambridge, Mass.) defeated junior Dan Hall (Sutton, Mass.) and junior Philip Porter (Cortland Manor, N.Y.) of Clark 9-8 (7-4) at number three doubles to get Babson on the board after dropping matches at number one and two doubles. First-year Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) and senior Danny Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) fell to junior Diego Angel (Lima, Peru) and first-year Zack Goodstein (Columbus, Ohio) 8-4 in the top slot, while first-year Roy Murdock (Santa Monica, Calif.) and junior Zack Ringer (Minnetonka, Minn.) were bested by sophomore Dan Stein (Newton, Mass.) and first-year Josh Burger (Fairfield, Conn.) 9-7 at number two.
Murdock bounced back in the singles competition, taking down Goodstein 6-4, 6-4 at number three, and Cromback earned the Beavers' third point with a 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 win at number five singles over Clark's Dan Paradee (Gardiner, Maine). Murdock and Cromback have now both won two straight singles matches.
Unfortunately, it wouldn't be enough for Babson as the Cougars claimed victories in the first, second, fourth, and sixth singles matches to secure the victory. Angel got the better of Doyley for the second time on the afternoon at number one singles, surviving 6-1, 2-6, 6-1, before Stein picked up his second win of the day, besting Cohen-Sabban in straight sets, 6-2, 6-4 at number two. Burger got past Schneider 6-3, 6-2 at fourth singles and Clark's Joel Simonson (Waterford, Conn.) closed out the afternoon with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Ringer in the last singles match.
Babson is back in action on Tuesday afternoon when they host Suffolk University in a non-conference match at 3:30p.m., while Clark travels to Bridgewater State on Wednesday for a 3:30p.m. match.