BABSON PARK, Mass.—After reaching the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title match and earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament last spring, the Babson College men's tennis team is primed to build off its success in 2014.
Under the direction of 15th-year head coach Jim Berrigan, the Beavers finished 11-9 overall and 4-1 in the league last season. The Green and White, which returns seven letterwinners and five of its top six players from last year's squad, made its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1997.
Sophomore Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) was selected as the NEWMAC Rookie of the Year last spring and earned all-conference singles honors after winning 10 matches at number one. He also won 11 doubles matches, eight of which came while playing alongside classmate Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.). Vu led the squad with 11 singles victories and 13 triumphs in doubles on his way to earning All-NEWMAC accolades.
Junior co-captains Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) are also coming off strong seasons in 2013. They earned all-league honors by combining to win six doubles matches, and both won seven singles matches. Sophomore Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) also picked up seven doubles victories, while classmate Davin Garcia (Essex Junction, Vt.) collected six singles wins. Another sophomore, Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.), will look to build on his two singles wins as a first year.
With a strong group returning, Berrigan is excited about the upcoming season. "Coming into this spring we have the benefit from our experience in last year's NEWMAC final appearance and our NCAA bid. Our success this year is going to be based on how we use the knowledge from last year to get better in the areas we need to improve on. These include doubles serves and returns, converting on big points and pushing each other in practice."
Babson opens its season with a pair of road matches this weekend. The Beavers will take on TCNJ on Saturday at 2 p.m. before tangling with nationally-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology on Sunday at 1 p.m.