NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.—Junior Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) both won their second consecutive singles matches, but visiting Babson College was unable to overcome a 2-1 deficit after doubles, falling to 27th-ranked Stevens Institute of Technology, 5-3, in non-conference men's tennis action on Sunday afternoon.
With the loss, Babson is now 1-3 overall, while Stevens moves to 1-1 on the year.
Perez dropped the first set against sophomore Matthew Heinrich (Hendersonville, Tenn.), the 2013 ITA National Rookie of the Year, 7-5, but rallied to win the second set 6-3. He then claimed the third-set super breaker, 10-7, to win his fifth match of the year at number one singles.
DeFiore split the first two sets in his match at fifth singles, but was dominant in the decisive third set, defeating Ducks' first-year Antonio Perch (San Francisco, Calif.), 6-2, 5-7, 6-1.
Sophomores Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) and Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.) earned the Beavers' lone point in doubles with an 8-3 triumph over sophomore Tyler Tisdale (Grapevine, Texas) and first-year Michael Feldman (Alamo, Calif.).
Babson is off until Friday, March 7, when it travels to take on nationally-ranked Bates.