Men's Tennis Falls to TCNJ In NCAA Tournament

Men's Tennis Falls to TCNJ In NCAA Tournament

LONGMEADOW, Mass.—Making its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997, the Babson College men's tennis team fought valiantly before falling 5-1 to The College of New Jersey in a First Round match at the Grande Meadows Indoor Courts on Thursday afternoon.

With its first NCAA Tournament win since 2011, The College of New Jersey moves to 15-1 on the season while Babson sees its season come to an end at 11-9.

First-year Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) earned the lone point for the Beavers, winning 6-2, 6-2 over senior Marc Nichols (Lawrenceville, N.J.) at number one singles. Sophomore Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) fell 7-5, 6-3 at number five singles and first-year Davin Garcia (Essex Junction, Vt.) lost 6-3, 6-3 to Lions' senior Jordan Cruz (Manasquan, N.J.). Babson first-year Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) were both tied at a set apiece in their respective matches when TCNJ clinched the victory.

The Lions got off to a fast start in doubles play as their top duo of senior TJ Riley (Mount Laurel, N.J.) and sophomore Jack August (Medford, N.J.) topped Perez and Vu, 8-3, to earn the first point of the day. Doyley and DeFiore, playing together at number two doubles, got within 4-3 midway through their match with Nichols and junior Howard Telson (Edison, N.J.) before the TCNJ pair won four of the final six games for an 8-5 win.

The match of the day came at number three doubles where senior Mitchell Henry (Wellesley, Mass.) and first-year Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) rallied from a 5-4 deficit, holding serve and then breaking Cruz and first-year Riley Cooper (Moorestown, N.J.) of TCNJ to take a 6-5 advantage. Both teams held serve over the next four games as the Beavers would serve with an 8-7 lead to finish the match. Cruz and Cooper rallied, though, winning the game to even the match at 8-8 before ousting the Babson duo 7-5 in a tiebreaker to take a 3-0 lead after doubles play.

TCNJ moves on to play host Amherst College on Friday morning at 9:00am while Babson, which won 11 matches, posted its highest win total since the 2007-08 season.

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