BABSON PARK, Mass.—After building a 3-0 lead after doubles, visiting MIT picked up four of its five singles victories in straight sets on its way to defeating Babson College, 8-1, in a matchup of regionally-ranked foes to claim the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis regular-season title on Saturday afternoon at the Farwell Courts.
With the win, MIT (11-4, 6-0 NEWMAC) claimed its 16th consecutive regular-season crown and will host next weekend's league tournament, while Babson, which saw its four-match winning streak come to an end, dropped to 9-7 overall and 5-1 in the NEWMAC.
Four different players won in both singles and doubles for the Engineers, who have never dropped a NEWMAC match. Sophomore Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.), who has now won seven matches in a row, earned the Beavers' lone point with a 7-5, 7-5 triumph over Eugene Oh (Alpharetta, Ga.) at number three singles.
Sophomores Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and Victor Vu (Los Angles, Calif.) lost 8-3 at number one doubles, Thylen and fellow sophomore Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) were edged 9-8 (8-3) at number two, and the duo of junior Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Davin Garcia (Essex Junction, Vt.) fell 8-2 at number three.
DeFiore won the first set before MIT first-year Kenny Gea (Irvine, Calif.) rallied for a 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8) victory at number four singles, while Rahim rallied to force a third set at number five before falling 7-5, 2-6, 6-1. Perez and Vu were beaten in straight sets at first and second singles, respectively, and first-year Dom Wysolmerski (Rutland, Vt.) dropped a 6-4, 6-2 decision at number six.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Connecticut College for a 3:30 p.m. match, while MIT will visit Brandeis on Monday at 3 p.m.