Match Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 27 Trinity
Men's Tennis at No. 27 Trinity
Tuesday, April 29—3:30pm
Assaiante Tennis Center—Hartford, Conn.
Babson and Trinity will meet for the 11th time since 2002 on Tuesday afternoon in a series that has been dominated by the Bantams, who have won all 11 of the previous meetings.
Building a 3-0 lead after doubles and winning four of the six singles matches in straight sets, Trinity defeated Babson, 9-0, on March 20, 2013, in Claremont, Calif. Sophomores Roberto Perez and Victor Vu both won the first set at number one and two singles, respectively, before falling in a third-set super breaker for the Green and White.
SCOUTING THE BANTAMS:
Trinity (8-7) stopped its four-match losing streak with a 6-3 win over Bates on Saturday afternoon. Junior Musyoka Mbithi, sophomore Ford Traff, and first-year Rutendo Matingo all won in both doubles and singles action for the Bantams, who built a 2-1 lead after doubles and won each of the final four singles matches. Traff and Matingo have each won a team-high seven singles matches, while Mbithi and Ned Mandel both have six victories apiece. Matingo and partner Ilya Levin are 10-2 in dual-match doubles play and Mbithi and Traff are 9-4 at number two doubles this season. Five of the Trinity's seven loses have come against ranked teams this season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (10-9) enters its season finale looking to bounce back from a 6-0 loss to MIT in the NEWMAC championship match on Sunday afternoon. The Beavers fell behind 3-0 after doubles and were unable to catch the Engineers, who clinched the title with wins at number four and six singles. Perez is 13-5 on the season and has won nine of his last 11 matches at number one singles, while sophomore Isaac Thylen (12-4) is riding an eight-match singles winning streak. Vu leads the Green and White with 13 doubles victories, sophomore Saif Rahim has won 11 times and Perez has been victorious 10 times at number one doubles.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
A Babson win at Trinity would help the 2013-14 squad tie for the fifth-most victories in program history.