April 28, 2013

Championship Preview: Men's Tennis at MIT--4/28/13

MEN'S TENNIS at MIT
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
Cambridge, Mass.—1:00pm

THE SERIES: Babson and MIT will meet for the 44th time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1983. The Engineers have won 42 of the 43 previous meetings.

POSTSEASON HISTORY: Babson and MIT will meet for the ninth time in the postseason this afternoon and for the fifth time in the last six seasons. The Engineers have won all eight meetings, and have beaten the Beavers for the title on five occasions.

LAST MEETING: Sophomores Connor DeFiore and Ramone Doyley got Babson on the board at number one doubles but MIT swept all six singles matches, including four in straight sets on its way to a 8-1 win over the Beavers on April 3 in Cambridge.

LAST BABSON WIN: The Beavers lone won over MIT was a 7-2 triumph in 1985.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS: Top-seeded MIT (17-1, 5-0 NEWMAC) swept three doubles matches and then got wins from seniors Larry Pang and Matthew Skalak at number two and number five singles, respectively, in its 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Wheaton College in the semifinals on Saturday. Junior Edwin Zhang is 12-5 on the season in singles play while Skalak has gone 11-2 and is unbeaten against NEWMAC foes. First-year Kevin Wang is 13-1 in doubles play and sophomore Eugene Oh is 12-1, including a perfect 8-0 record at number three doubles. The Engineers have won 14 straight NEWMAC titles and haven't lost to a conference opponent since the league's inception in 1999.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Second-seeded Babson (11-7, 4-1 NEWMAC) has now won six of its last seven matches following a 5-2 win over third-seeded Clark in the NEWMAC semifinals on Saturday. The Beavers built a 2-1 lead after the doubles matches and then picked up wins from first-years Roberto Perez and Victor Vu, as well as senior Mitchell Henry. Vu leads the Green and White with 11 singles wins and 12 doubles wins on the season while Perez has won nine singles matches, all at number one this year. Henry and Rahim are now 5-1 against the NEWMAC competition in doubles play and Henry has also won four of his last five matches in singles action. The Beavers are making their sixth trip to the NEWMAC Championship match and their first since 2009.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: A win over MIT would give the Beavers their second-most wins in program history, tying them with the 1990-91 team that won 12 matches.

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