Men's Tennis at No. 21 Bates
Friday, March 4—4 p.m.
Wallach Tennis Center—Lewiston, Maine
Babson and Bates will meet for the 10th time in the last 11 years on Friday. The Bobcats are unbeaten against the Beavers going back to 2005.
Bates jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and swept all six singles matches, including five in straight sets, en route to an 8-1 victory on March 6, 2015, in Haverhill, Mass. Sophomore Ben Roque and Felix Wee earned the Beavers' lone point with a 9-7 triumph at number three doubles.
SCOUTING THE BOBCATS
No. 22 Bates (0-3) dropped all three matches on its west-coast swing last week, including a 5-4 setback at 15th-ranked Redlands last Saturday. The Bobcats led 2-1 after doubles and got three-set victories from junior Chris Ellis and sophomore Ben Rosen at first and second singles, respectively, but dropped the other four singles matches in straight sets. The tandem of Ellis and Rosen has gone 2-1 at first doubles, while sophomore Pat Ordway and junior Fergus Scott have won two of their three matches at second doubles. All three of Bates losses have come against ranked in the top 15 of the national poll.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-0) returns 10 players from a team that set a school record for wins and finished 14-4 overall last season. Leading the way for the Beavers will be the senior trio of Isaac Thylen, Roberto Perez and Victor Vu, all of which earned all-conference honors last spring. Thylen, the reigning NEWMAC Athlete of the Year, went 17-1 in singles last year, while Perez combined for 22 singles wins and 25 doubles victories. Senior Saif Rahim, who went 7-4 in doubles in 2015, and Roque should also play key roles for the Green and White this spring.
Thylen is riding a 16-match winning streak in dual-match competition going back to the start of last season.
DEFENDING THEIR TITLE
The Beavers, who went 6-0 in league play to capture the program's first regular-season title last season, received a pair of first-place votes and came in second behind MIT in the NEWMAC preseason coaches' poll.
HITTING THE ROAD
Babson, which will play its first four matches on the road, went 7-2 away from home last season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won 21 straight matches when leading after doubles going back to the 2013-14 season.