BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The Babson College men's tennis team continued its strong start to the 2012-13 season with a huge regional victory on Monday, as the Beavers defeated visiting Nichols College, 8-1, in a non-conference contest at the Farwell Courts.
With the win, Babson moved over the .500 mark at 2-1 on the year, while the Bison tasted defeat for the first time this season in falling to 3-1.
The Beavers started off strong with a sweep of doubles play, beginning with an 8-3 win by first-year Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) and senior Simeon Human (Trelex Vaud, Switzerland) at number two. Sophomore Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and first-year Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.) then teamed up for an 8-4 triumph at number three before first-year Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and sophomore Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) capped the sweep with an 8-6 win at number one.
Following their doubles win together, Vu and Human quickly disposed of their singles opponents to officially clinch the overall match victory. Human took his match at number five, 7-5, 6-3, and Vu locked up the Babson win when he prevailed, 6-4, 6-1, at number four.
Nichols secured its lone point of the day at number two, where senior Justin DeLuca (Mashpee, Mass.) earned a 6-1, 6-4 victory. However, the Beavers would take the remaining three matches, with Doyley winning, 7-6 (5), 6-3, at number three, first-year Davin Garcia (Essex Junction, Vt.) prevailing, 6-4, 7-5, at number five, and Perez rallying from a set down to defeat Bison sophomore Brandon Roode (Griswold, Conn.), 5-7, 6-1, 7-5, at number one. The victory was especially sweet for Perez, who avenged his loss to Roode at the ITA Championship Tournament this past weekend.
Both teams have one match remaining on their fall schedules. Babson closes out its fall with a 3 p.m. match at Wesleyan this Friday, while Nichols plays at MIT on October 13 at 1 p.m.