MIDDLETOWN, Conn. -- The Babson College men's tennis team closed out its highly successful fall season with another impressive victory on Friday, as the Beavers defeated host Wesleyan University, 5-4, to improve to 3-1 on the year.
Wesleyan (1-3) got off to a quick start, as the team of Stephen Monk and Donald Kleckner teamed up for an 8-2 win at number three and the Cardinals' top duo of Sam Rudovsky and Zach Brint edged Babson's Roberto Perez and Ramone Doyley, 8-6, at number one. Wesleyan's combination of Jeff Legunn and Michael King then came within one point of completing a doubles sweep when they went up 7-4, but the Beavers' tandem of first-year Victor Vu and senior Simeon Human fought back to win five straight games to pull out what would prove to be a critical 9-7 set victory.
Charlie Seifer gave the Cardinals a 3-1 lead when he finished off a quick 6-4, 6-4 win in the number six slot to open singles play, but Babson answered with three straight victories to take the lead. Perez completed a 6-1, 6-2 sweep at the number one position, Human followed with a 6-3, 6-4 victory at five, and Vu put his team in front, 4-3, with a 7-6 (2), 6-1 win at four. The final two matches were then moved indoors due to darkness midway through their third sets, but Doyley was able to clinch the overall victory when he prevailed, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-3 at number three.
Wesleyan grabbed its final point just moments after Doyley's win, as Monk won at number two, 6-7, 6-2, 6-3.
Winners of three straight since dropping their opening match to Bates on September 21, the Beavers will look to carry their momentum into the spring portion of their season beginning in March.