April 27, 2013

Semifinal Preview: Men's Tennis vs. Clark--4/27/13

2013 NEWMAC TOURNAMENT SEMIFINALS
MEN'S TENNIS vs. CLARK
Saturday, April 27
Cambridge, Mass.—3:00pm

THE SERIES: Babson and Clark will meet for the 24th time overall on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1997. The Beavers hold a 21-2 lead all-time over the Cougars.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: Babson and Clark will meet for the seventh time in NEWMAC Tournament history on Saturday and for the first time in the semifinal round. The two teams met in the quarterfinals in four straight seasons from 2005-08 and the Beavers hold a slim 4-2 edge over the Cougars with all the meetings coming in the quarterfinals.

LAST MEETING: Babson swept three doubles matches and then earned victories in five of the six singles matches in an 8-1 rout of Clark last Saturday in Babson Park. First-years Victor Vu and Roberto Perez, sophomore Connor DeFiore and senior Mitchell Henry all won both a singles and doubles match on the afternoon as the Beavers earned a second-place conference finish.

LAST CLARK WIN: The Cougars claimed victories in two of the three doubles matches and current senior Diego Angel, current junior Dan Stein and current sophomores Josh Burger and Joel Simonson earned wins in singles play en route to a 6-3 triumph over Babson  on April 14, 2012 in Worcester. Current sophomore Roy Murdock won at number three singles while Hubert Cromback earned a point in both singles and doubles play for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE COUGARS: Third-seeded Clark (11-8, 3-2 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight matches on the heels of a four-match winning streak after an 7-2 defeat to Brandeis on Monday. Burger and Simonson earned victories at number five and six singles, respectively, for the Cougars. Stein leads the team with 10 singles wins and Angel is second with nine singles wins to go along with 12 victories in doubles play. First-year Antoine Martin has won nine singles matches and 10 doubles matches on the season. The Cougars, who lost in the finals to MIT last season, are making just their fourth NEWMAC semifinal appearance since 1999 and have never advanced to the title match in back-to-back seasons.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Second-seeded Babson (10-7, 4-1 NEWMAC) had its five-match winning streak snapped with a 6-3 loss to Amherst last Sunday. The Beavers got victories in two of the three doubles matches, but only Vu picked up a singles win against the 17th-ranked Lord Jeffs. Vu and Perez won their fourth straight match at number two doubles while the duo of Henry and first-year Saif Rahim have now won five straight matches at number three doubles. Vu leads the Green and White with 10 singles wins and 11 doubles wins on the season while Perez has won eight singles matches, all at number one this year. Henry and Rahim went 4-1 against the conference in doubles play and Henry has also won three of his last four matches in singles action. The Beavers are making their 10th NEWMAC semifinal appearance overall and are seeking their first trip to the conference championship match since 2009.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Vu's 10 singles wins are the most since Alex Kamergorodsky '10 won 13 individual matches during the 2008-09 season.

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