Four From Men's Tennis Earn NEWMAC Postseason Accolades
BOSTON—After reaching the conference finals for the second consecutive year, four members of the Babson College men's tennis program were honored when the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) released its postseason awards on Tuesday afternoon. Head coach Jim Berrigan was selected as the league's coach of the year while sophomores Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain), Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.) all earned all-conference accolades.
Perez and Vu, who were tabbed for the second year in a row, received all-conference accolades in both singles and doubles, while Thylen, who had a break-out campaign, was named to the singles team for the first time. Berrigan, who has led the program to the league finals on seven ocassions and is the winningest coach in program history, was named NEWMAC Coach of the Year for the first time in his 15-year tenure.
The 2013 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Perez had another outstanding year for the Beavers winning a career-high 13 matches at number one singles and pairing with Vu to post a 10-9 mark at number one doubles. Perez won two of his three matches against conference foes while Vu, who equaled last season's 11 singles win at number two, went 6-1 against league opponents. The duo has combined to go 7-3 over its last 10 doubles matches, including three victories in conference play.
Thylen, who is currently riding an eight-match winning streak, had a tremendous campaign posting a career-high 12 singles victories and went unbeaten against NEWMAC competition, taking all seven matches in straight sets. He won all three of his matches at number two singles and went 9-4 at number three this year while winning 12 of his last 14 matches dating back to February 22.
Babson, which received a Pool B bid to the NCAA Tournament last spring, played its final regular season match at Trinity on Tuesday and will find out if they are selected for the 2014 NCAA Championship on Monday.