BABSON PARK, Mass. -- After winning three of its four matches this past fall, the Babson College men's tennis team has high hopes for the coming spring season. The Beavers will look to a deep and talented lineup as they seek to break powerhouse MIT's stranglehold as the top team in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC).
Anchoring Babson's lineup will be first-year star Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain), who went 3-1 in his dual match contests at the number one spot in the fall, including a victory over regional standout Brandon Roode of Nichols. He will be joined by fellow freshman Isaac Thylen (Suftside, Fla.), who played three matches at number two in the fall, and sophomore Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica), who went 3-1 at number three to bring his career win total to 12 heading into the bulk of the Beavers' season. First-year Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) should play a key role for the Green and White after going a perfect 4-0 at number four during the fall.
In addition to his stable of talented youngsters, longtime head coach Jim Berrigan also welcomes back two key veterans in senior co-captains Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) and Rushab Tanna (Burlington, Mass.). The team's number-one player two years ago, Henry will make his long-awaited return to the Babson lineup after a year abroad and an injury limited him to just five total matches in the last year and a half, while Tanna brings career totals of seven wins in singles play and seven more in doubles competition into his final spring campaign.
Armed with a superb balance of talent and experience, Berrigan made sure his team will face plenty of high-level competition this spring. In addition to their usual NEWMAC rivals like perennial power MIT, the Beavers will face five New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) foes this spring, including Bowdoin, Trinity, Tufts, and Amherst. Babson will open its spring slate with a home match against Division II Bentley College tomorrow afternoon at 1 p.m. at the Boston Sports Club.