Best of Babson Athletics 2013-14: #7
Men's Tennis Collects First NCAA Tournament Victory
BABSON PARK, Mass.—After the Babson College men's tennis squad swept three doubles matches, junior Ramone Doyley (Kingston, Jamaica) and sophomore Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) picked up straight-set singles wins as the Beavers claimed the first NCAA Tournament win in program history, topping Colby-Sawyer College, 5-0, in the first round at Middlebury College on May 8.
Babson, which was making its second consecutive trip to the NCAA Division III Championship, advanced out of the opening round for the first time in three NCAA Tournament appearances. The Green and White's tournament run was halted with a 5-0 loss to the host Panthers, who advanced to the national semifinals, in the second round.
Rahim and junior Connor DeFiore (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) earned the Beavers' first point with an 8-4 win at number two doubles. Doyley and first-year Dom Wysolmerski (Rutland, Vt.) won the final five games of their match for a 9-7 victory at third doubles, and the sophomore duo of Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) made it 3-0 with an 8-4 triumph at number one.
Rahim earned Babson's fourth point of the day with a 6-0, 6-3 win at number five singles and Doyley closed things out with a 6-1, 6-1 victory at number three. The Beavers also led in each of the other four singles matches.
The NCAA Tournament win was a fitting conclusion to the season for the Green and White, which finished as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) runner-up for the second consecutive year. The squad avenged its 2013 NCAA Tournament loss against TCNJ with a 6-3 triumph over the Lions to open the spring portion of its schedule on February 22 before cruising to five wins in six league matches.