MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Babson College swept all three singles matches and then picked up two quick points to clinch a 5-0 victory over Colby-Sawyer College in the first round of the NCAA Division III Men's Tennis Tournament at the Proctor Tennis Courts at Middlebury College on Thursday afternoon.
With the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament win, Babson is now 11-10 overall, while Colby-Sawyer sees its season come to an end at 14-9.
Junior Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) and sophomore Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) earned the first point for the Beavers at number two doubles with an 8-4 win over Cass McCann and Justin Pinard. A few minutes later, junior Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) and first-year Dom Wysolmerski (Rutland, Vt.), who trailed 7-4 at number three doubles before rattling off five-consecutive games for a 9-7 victory over the Chargers' Dean Boodakian and Sergio Spassof. The top doubles match featured longer rallies, as sophomores Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) completed the sweep for the Green and White, posting an 8-4 triumph against Nathan Taschereau and Myles Utell.
In singles play, Rahim gave Babson its fourth point with an easy 6-0, 6-3 victory over Boodakian at number five singles, while Doyley closed out the match with a 6-1, 6-1 triumph over McCann at number three. DeFiore was a point away from victory in his match at number four singles and Perez, Vu and Wysolmerski all won the first set in their respective matches.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it takes on third-ranked Middlebury (18-3) at the Proctor Courts in a second round match at 2 p.m.
Match Notes: Babson is now 2-0 all-time against Colby-Sawyer…The Beavers are making their third NCAA Tournament appearance after previously earning bids in 1997 and 2013…Thursday's sweep in doubles action marked the sixth time this season that the Green and White has built a 3-0 lead going into singles…Doyley's eighth singles win of the year is one short of his career high…Babson's 11 victories this season are tied for the fourth most in program history.
Note: Portions of this release courtest of Middlebury College.
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