CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The Babson College men's tennis team advanced to the finals of the NEWMAC Tournament for the first time since 2009 on Saturday, as the second-seeded Beavers defeated third-seeded Clark University, 5-2, in the semifinal round played at MIT. Now boasting its highest win total since 2008, Babson (11-7) will play the top-seeded host Engineers in the championship match on Sunday at 1 p.m.
First-years Victor Vu and Roberto Perez got Babson off to a quick start by winning their match at second doubles, while senior Mitchell Henry and first-year Saif Rahim teamed up to take their match at three, 8-5. Clark received its first point at number one, where Diego Angel and Antoine Martin notched an 8-5 win.
The Beavers secured the overall match with a trio of straight-set wins in singles play, as Perez won 6-2, 6-3 at one, Vu prevailed 6-0, 6-2 at two, and Henry coasted 6-1, 6-1 at four. Sophomore Connor DeFiore and first-year Davin Garcia were also leading by a set when their matches were halted at fifth and sixth singles, as Babson came away with the 5-2 victory.
The Green and White will face a tough test in Sunday's title match, as 14-time NEWMAC champion MIT enters the contest having never lost to a conference opponent since the inception of the league back in 1998-99. The Engineers defeated the Beavers, 8-1, in their regular-season meeting back on April 3.