April 13, 2013

Match Preview: Men's Tennis at Wheaton--4/13/13

MEN'S TENNIS at WHEATON
Saturday, April 13
Norton, Mass.—1:00pm

THE SERIES: Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 22nd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers hold a slim 12-9 edge over the Lyons all-time and the teams have split the last eight meetings since 2006.

LAST MEETING: Despite dropping two of the three singles matches Babson rallied for a 6-3 win by taking five of the six singles matches, all in straight sets, on April 1, 2012 in Babson Park. Current sophomore Ramone Doyley and Danny Schneider '12 won easily at number one and number five singles, respectively, while another sophomore, Roy Murdock, earned two points for the Green and White, winning at number three doubles and number three singles.

LAST WHEATON WIN: The Lyons took two out of three points in the doubles competition and then split the singles matches with wins at number one, three and six to pick up a 5-4 win over Babson on April 2, 2011 in Norton.

SCOUTING THE LYONS: Wheaton (7-4, 1-2 NEWMAC) has won three straight matches after a 9-0 shutout of St. Anselm on Wednesday afternoon. Jonah Feit, Will White and David Gessen all earned both singles and doubles wins for the Lyons, who haven't dropped a point in its last two matches. Dan Sharon is 11-1 in singles play this season, claiming four wins at both number three and four singles, and Jackson is 10-2 in singles play and is currently riding a four-match winning streak. Ned Terrance leads Wheaton with eight doubles wins while the pairing of Gassen and Dennis Scarpa has won three consecutive matches.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Babson (7-6, 2-1 NEWMAC) has been idle for a week after last Saturday's 6-3 win at Coast Guard.  The Beavers won two of the three doubles matches and then took four of the six singles matches to close out the victory. Senior Mitchell Henry and first-years Victor Vu and Davin Garcia all picked up two points apiece for the Green and White, who have won two straight matches. Vu leads the team with seven wins in both singles and doubles play while Henry has won back-to-back singles matches and has teamed up with first-year Saif Rahim to win two straight doubles matches.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A win over Wheaton would give the Beavers their most conference wins since the 2009 season.

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