NCAA Tournament Second Round Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 3 Middlebury
Men's Tennis at No. 3 Middlebury
NCAA Tournament—Second Round
Friday, May 9—2:00pm
Proctor Tennis Courts—Middlebury, Vt.
Babson and Middlebury will meet for the first time on Friday in a NCAA Tournament second round match.
BEAVERS IN THE POSTSEASON:
Babson is making its third NCAA Tournament appearance and picked up its first-ever national tournament win on Thursday afternoon.
SCOUTING THE PANTHERS:
No. 3 Middlebury (18-3), which has won 11 of its last 12 matches, earned its 13th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth following a 5-1 loss to fourth-ranked Amherst in the NESCAC finals on Sunday. Sophomore Jackson Frons earned the lone point for the Panthers, who trailed 3-0 after doubles, with a straight-set win at number six singles. Junior Alex Johnston, a first-team all-league selection, was 14-7 at number one singles and won 13 doubles matches. Classmate Andrew Lebovitz led the team with 15 doubles victories, all at number one, on his way to earning NESCAC first-team honors. Junior Brantner Jones, who earned second-team all-conference accolades, is 20-7 at number two singles and has won nine consecutive matches.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (11-10) has advanced in the NCAA Tournament for the first time after Thursday's 5-0 first round win over Colby-Sawyer. The Beavers cruised to a 3-0 lead after doubles and then got victories from junior Ramone Doyley and sophomore Saif Rahim to close out the match. Sophomore Roberto Perez is 13-5 at number one singles, winning six of his last eight matches, and has 12 doubles victories, while classmate Victor Vu has won 11 times in singles play and leads the Green and White with 13 doubles triumphs. Fellow sophomore Isaac Thylen is 12-5 in singles action, classmate Saif Rahim has posted career highs in both singles (10) and doubles (12) victories, and Doyley and junior Connor DeFiore have won eight singles matches apiece on the year.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
Friday's match marks the fourth time this spring the Green and White has faced a nationally-ranked opponent.
The winner of Friday's match will take on either Williams or Skidmore on Saturday at 1 p.m. in a third round match.