NCAA First Round Preview: Men's Tennis vs. The College of New Jersey
2013 NCAA MEN'S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIP
MEN'S TENNIS vs. THE COLLEGE OF NEW JERSEY
First Round—Thursday, May 9
WHAT'S AT STAKE: Babson and TCNJ will meet on Thursday morning in an NCAA Tournament First Round match with the winner advancing to a Second Round matchup with regional host Amherst College on Friday morning.
THE SERIES: Babson and TCNJ will meet for the fifth time since 1997 on Thursday morning with the Lions holding a 3-1 lead in the all-time series.
POSTSEASON HISTORY: First Meeting
LAST MEETING: TCNJ swept all three singles matches and picked up wins at number one, number three and number five singles en route to a 6-2 victory over Babson on April 4, 2009 at the Boston Sports Club in Wellesley. Alex Kamergorodsky '10 and Moises Numa '10 picked up wins at number two and four singles, respectively.
LAST BABSON WIN: The Beavers picked up a 4-3 win over the Lions on April 6, 1997 at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Conn.
SCOUTING THE LIONS: TCNJ (14-1) earned a Pool B at-large selection and is making its fifth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. The Lions won their first 14 matches of the season before falling 6-3 to in state rival Stevens Institute of Technology in the regular season finale. TCNJ lost three close doubles matches before splitting the singles matches with the Ducks. First-year Pierce Cooper and senior Jordan Cruz won straight-set matches at number five and six singles, respectively, and junior Howard Telson won 6-0 in the third set to claim a victory at number four singles. Cooper is 20-1 on the season in singles play and has won 15 straight matches entering the tournament. Senior TJ Riley is 18-5 overall and 12-2 at number two singles, sophomore Jack August has won 10 of his 11 matches at number three singles, and Cruz, who is 11-2 on the season, has won six consecutive singles matches. Telson has won 18 doubles matches on the season and has combined with senior Marc Nichols to go 13-2 at number one doubles in dual matches. Nichols and Cruz have won 19 and 18 doubles matches this season, respectively. TCNJ, who reached the Third Round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, was ousted by Vassar College in the opening round of last season's championship.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS: Babson (11-8) earned a Pool B at-large selection and is making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997. The Beavers, who won six of their final eight matches, lost to MIT, 5-1, in the NEWMAC Championship on April 28. First-years Victor Vu and Roberto Perez, the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, picked up the team's lone point with an 8-4 win at number two doubles. Vu, a first-team All-NEWMAC selection, is 11-7 on the season in singles matches and has a perfect 4-0 record when playing in the four slot for Babson. Perez is 9-8 on the season in singles play with all nine of his victories coming at number one, while senior Mitchell Henry has won four of his final six singles matches to close the season. Vu leads Babson with 13 doubles victories this season, tying him for the fourth most in a single season since 2002. Perez is second on the team with 11 doubles wins and has paired with Vu to win six straight matches, all at number two. The duo of Henry and first-year Saif Rahim have gone 7-2 at number three doubles this spring. The Beavers are looking for the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win in their second appearance.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Beavers' 11 wins this season is tied for the fifth-most in program history and equals the number of victories for the 1996-97 team which earned the program's only other NCAA Tournament berth.