Match Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 27 Stevens
Men's Tennis at No. 27 Stevens
Sunday, February 23—1:00pm
Stevens Tennis Courts—Hoboken, N.J.
Babson and Stevens will meet for the first time since 2007 on Sunday and just the third time dating back to 2000. The Ducks have won all three previous meetings.
Stevens opened with three wins in doubles play and then took five of the six singles matches in straight sets en route to a 9-0 victory over Babson on March 15, 2010, in Orlando, Fla.
SCOUTING THE DUCKS:
Stevens (0-1) heads into its home opener coming off a 6-3 season-opening loss to Mary Washington last Saturday. The duo of sophomore Matthew Heinrich and first-year Charles Drake won 8-4 at second doubles and each recorded a three-set victory at number one and number four singles, respectively, for the Ducks. Five letterwinners return from last season's squad that won 17 matches, the second most in program history, and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Heinrich was selected as the ITA National Rookie of the Year last spring after winning 24 singles matches and 26 doubles matches. Sophomore Ben Foran recorded 14 wins between third and fourth singles, while classmate Tyler Thigpen won 10 matches during his rookie campaign. The Ducks have won eight straight matches at home going back to 2012.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (1-2) opened its spring season with an impressive 6-3 win over TCNJ on Saturday, snapping the Lions 16-match home winning streak. Juniors Connor DeFiore and Ramone Doyley earned the Beavers lone point in doubles and both earned wins in singles action. Sophomores Roberto Perez and Isaac Thylen claimed straight-set victories at number one and number three singles, while classmate Saif Rahim won a decisive third set to pick up a victory at sixth singles. Perez leads the Green and White with four singles wins on the young season, and is one of four players with three doubles victories.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Sunday's match marks the first of four ranked opponents the Beavers will face during the regular season.