NORTON, Mass. -- Babson College took two out of three doubles matches and then dropped just one set in a dominating sweep of singles play to defeat host Wheaton College, 8-1, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis contest on Saturday.
Senior Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) and first-year Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) got Babson (8-6 overall, 3-1 NEWMAC) off to a quick start, winning their match at third doubles, 8-1. Wheaton (7-5 overall, 1-3 NEWMAC) then tied things up with their lone win of the day, 8-3, at first doubles, but first-years Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) answered with an 8-3 triumph of their own at two to give the Beavers a 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
The rest of the day would belong to the Green and White, as Perez, Vu, sophomore Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica), sophomore Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), and sophomore Roy Murdock (Santa Monica, Calif.) all recorded straight-set victories. The toughest battle of the day came at number four, where Henry held on to outduel David Gassen in a third-set superbreaker, 6-3, 1-6, (10-6).
Now winners of three straight, the Beavers are currently in second place behind NEWMAC-leader MIT in the regular season conference standings. After playing a non-conference match against Suffolk this Wednesday, Babson will look to lock up at least the second seed in the upcoming conference tournament with a critical 1 p.m. home contest against Clark.