Match Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 23 Bates

Men's Tennis vs. Bates
Friday, March 7—5:00pm
Merrill Gym—Lewiston, Maine

THE SERIES:
Babson and Bates will meet for the eighth time in the last nine seasons on Friday, with the Bobcats having won all eight previous matches going back to 2005.

LAST MEETING:
Simeon Human '13 and sophomore Victor Vu picked up victories at number four and number six singles, respectively, but it wasn't enough as the Beavers fell to nationally-ranked Bates, 6-2, on September 21, 2012, in Babson Park. The Bobcats won all three doubles matches and closed out the match with three singles triumphs.

SCOUTING THE BOBCATS:
No. 23 Bates (0-3) returns home after dropping a trio of matches against nationally-ranked squads during its spring break trip to California in mid-February, including an 8-1 setback against second-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps in its final match. The duo of senior Timmy Berg and junior Pierre Planche earned the Bobcats lone point with an 8-6 victory at number one doubles. Berg and Planche are 2-1 this spring at number one doubles, while the tandem of sophomore Henry Lee and first-year Christopher Ellis have also won two of their first three doubles matches at number three. Ellis was the only Bates player to win a singles match during the road trip, earning a straight-set victory at number four singles against 21st-ranked Whittier.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (1-2) has been idle for nearly two weeks after falling 5-3 to 27th-ranked Stevens on Sunday, February 23. Sophomores Saif Rahim and Isaac Thylen picked up a win at number three doubles, and junior Connor DeFiore and sophomore Roberto Perez both were victorious in singles play for the Beavers. Perez, who is 5-2 on the year at number one singles, and DeFiore, who is second on the squad with three singles wins, have both won two straight matches. DeFiore and Rahim are tied for team-high honors with four doubles wins on the season, while Perez and Vu have each picked up three victories in doubles action. Friday's match is the third of six consecutive matches away from home to start the season for the Green and White.
 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Friday's match is the first of four the Beavers will play against NESCAC opponents this spring.

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