NCAA Tournament First Round Preview: Men's Tennis vs. Colby-Sawyer
Men's Tennis vs. Colby-Sawyer
NCAA Tournament—First Round
Thursday, May 8—2:00pm
Proctor Tennis Courts (Middlebury College)—Middlebury, Vt.
Babson and Colby-Sawyer will meet for just the second time on Thursday afternoon in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Middlebury College. The Beavers won the only previous meetings between the teams back in 2000.
Thursday's match will mark the first postseason meeting between the two sides.
BEAVERS IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT:
Babson earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament for the second year in a row and will be making the program's third national tournament appearance overall. The Beavers are looking for their first NCAA Tournament victory after dropping opening round matches in 1997 and 2013.
Trailing 2-1 after doubles, Babson ripped off six straight-set wins in singles play en route to a 7-2 victory over Colby-Sawyer on March 20, 2000, in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
SCOUTING THE CHARGERS:
Colby-Sawyer (14-8), which is making its second consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance, has won eight straight matches on its way to claiming a second consecutive North Athletic Conference (NAC) championship. The Chargers won all three doubles matches and then used singles victories by junior Nathan Taschereau and first-year Myles Utell at number one and two to clinch an 8-1 triumph over Penn State-Abington on Saturday to earn the league's automatic bid. Utell, who is riding an eight-match winning streak, is 17-3 with 15 of his wins coming at number two singles, while Taschereau is 11-8 at number one and has won six consecutive matches. Junior Clay Allen has won 11 singles matches, including six at number five, and classmate Sergio Spassof is 8-6 overall. Taschereau and Utell have gone 12-8 at number one doubles, defeating nine straight opponents, while first-year Cass McCann has 11 doubles wins. Junior Justin Pinard and first-year Dean Boodakian have each won 10 times in doubles action this season. Colby-Sawyer, which lost to Nichols in the opening round of last year's NCAA Tournament, is 0-3 against regionally-ranked opponents this season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (10-10), which reached the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) championship for the second year in a row, is coming off a 5-1 loss to 29th-ranked Trinity on April 29. Sophomores Roberto Perez and Victor Vu picked up the Beavers' lone point with an 8-3 triumph at number one doubles. Perez, who was named all-conference in both singles and doubles, is 13-5 at number one singles and has won six of his last eight matches. Sophomore Isaac Thylen earned all-league honors after going unbeaten in NEWMAC-singles play and is 12-5 overall, while Vu was also named to the All-NEWMAC singles and doubles teams with 11 singles wins and a team-high 13 doubles triumphs on the year. Sophomore Saif Rahim and Perez both have 11 doubles victories, while the duo of juniors Connor DeFiore and Ramone Doyley have combined to win five matches this spring, including three at number two. The Green and White has played 11 matches against regionally-ranked foes and has faced three times that earned NCAA Tournament berths this season
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
A victory on Thursday would give the Beavers their 11th win of the year, tying this year's squad for the fifth-most in program history.
The winner of Thursday's first round match will advance to take on third-ranked Middlebury in a second round match on Friday at 2 p.m.