Rookie of the Year Perez, Five Others Garner NEWMAC Men's Tennis Honors
BABSON PARK, Mass. -- The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) announced its annual award winners for men's tennis on Tuesday, and six members of the Babson College Beavers were honored. First-year Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) was named NEWMAC Rookie of the Year while also joining fellow freshman Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) with All-Conference Singles honors, the tandem of sophomores Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) received All-Conference Doubles recognition, and sophomores Roy Murdock (Santa Monica, Calif.) and Sanjay Zimmerman (Montreal, Quebec) were each selected to the Academic All-Conference Team.
Playing all 16 of his dual-match outings at the number one singles position, Perez became the second straight Babson player to be named conference Rookie of the Year after Doyley accomplished the feat last spring. Perez ranked second on the team with nine singles victories this season, including a sparkling 4-1 mark against NEWMAC competition. Three of those wins came in regular season play, while the other came in the Beavers' NEWMAC Semifinal win over Clark this past Saturday.
Joining Perez on the eight-man All-Conference Singles Team was Vu, who like his classmate enjoyed a spectacular rookie campaign. The California-native led the team with 11 singles victories, going 1-1 at number one, 6-6 at two, and a perfect 4-0 at four. His 4-1 record in regular season NEWMAC play was also the squad's best, and he contributed a key singles win in the Beavers' semifinal win over Clark. Vu also teamed up with Perez to go 8-3 at the number two doubles position this year.
Garnering All-Conference Doubles accolades was the Beavers' number one duo of DeFiore and Doyley. The two sophomores played all 15 of their matches together at the number one position, winning six matches overall and three in league play. Their biggest victory came on April 3, when they teamed up to defeat nationally-ranked MIT's tandem of Matthew Skalak and conference Player of the Year Edwin Zhang, 9-8 (5).
Zimmerman and Murdock were each named to the NEWMAC Academic All-Conference Team for the first time after posting a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or above. Zimmerman did not play an official match this season, while Murdock went 4-1 at the number six position, including a 3-0 mark in league play.