Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. Springfield--3/30/13
MEN'S TENNIS vs. SPRINGFIELD
Saturday, March 30
THE SERIES: Babson and Springfield will meet for the 16th time to kickoff NEWMAC play with the Beavers holding a 9-6 advantage all-time in a series that dates back to 1999. Despite a loss last season, the Green and White have won three of the last four matches between the two teams.
LAST MEETING: Springfield swept the doubles portion of the match and collected wins in four of the six singles matches to halt a three-match losing streak against the Beavers with a 7-2 win to wrap up the conference regular season on April 21 in Springfield.
LAST BABSON WIN: The Beavers cruised to three wins in doubles and then swept the six singles matches, including five straight-set wins, on the way to a 9-0 rout of the Pride on April 23, 2011 at the Boston Sports Club in Babson Park. Current seniors Mitchell Henry and Rushab Tanna, along with Simeon Human '12 and Danny Schneider '12, all picked up singles and doubles wins on the day.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE: Springfield (6-3) opens up NEWMAC play riding a three-match winning streak following a 9-0 win over Hunter College on Thursday. The Pride got convincing wins from Kyle Mersereau and Benjamin Burnap at number one and two singles, respectively, and cruised to straight set victories in all six singles matches. Mersereau and Alex Orban are tied for the team lead with six singles wins apiece this season and each is riding a three-match winning streak. Orban and Joe Giannelli have combined to go 6-3 this year in doubles play and have picked up three consecutive wins, all at number two doubles.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Babson (4-5) is looking to snap a four-match losing streak after a 6-3 loss at Brandeis on Wednesday. The Beavers grabbed a 2-1 lead after doubles play as sophomores Ramone Doyley and Connor DeFiore picked up an 8-5 win at number one and first-years Roberto Perez and Victor Vu grabbed an 8-3 win at number two. DeFiore continued his strong play with a three-set win at number six singles, but the Judges won the other five singles matches to seal their victory. Vu leads the Green and White with five singles wins on the season while Perez has picked up four wins, all at number one.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Beavers have five dual match wins apiece at number four and number six singles, respectively.