Men's Tennis vs. Messiah | Friday, March 11—1:30 p.m.
Sanlando Park—Altamonte Springs, Fla.
Men's Tennis vs. Keiser | Saturday, March 12—1 p.m.
Lake Cane TennisCenter—Orlando, Fla.
Babson will open its six-match spring break trip to central Florida with matches against Messiah College on Friday at 1:30 p.m. and NAIA Keiser University on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Babson will face Messiah for just the second time on Friday and Keiser for the first time in program history on Saturday. The Beavers defeated the Falcons, 6-3, in their only other meeting in Hilton Head, S.C., back in 2003.
The Falcons (2-5) have dropped four straight matches following Wednesday's 6-2 setback against Moravian. Junios Devin Esch and Austin Warren were victorious at third and fifth singles, respectively, for Messiah, which trailed 2-0 after doubles. Warren is a team-best 6-4 in singles with four wins coming at number five, while Esch and sophomores Tim Dunn, Connor Graybeal and Blake Ross have all won three singles matches apiece. The duo of Duncan and Graybeal lead the squad with four doubles triumphs, but have dropped five consecutive matches.
The Seahawks (4-1) have won four straight matches following Monday's 5-4 victory over Cardinal Stritch. Ranked seventh in the most recent NAIA poll, Keiser built a 2-1 after doubles and then got singles wins from first-year Arthur Bonnaud, sophomore Luis Sanchez and junior Shaquille Taylor to secure the victory. Bonnaud and Taylor have combined to go 9-1 in dual-match singles play, and Taylor has teamed with sophomore Nicolas Guerschanik to post four victories in their first five doubles matches. The Falcons reached the second round of the NAIA Tournament last season.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (0-1) heads south looking to rebound from an 8-1 loss to 22nd-ranked Bates in its season opener on March 4. First-year Brandon Rosenbluth earned the Beavers lone point of the match with a 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 victory at number three singles. Coming off a 14-4 season that set a new program record for wins, the Green and White returns 10 players, led by all-conference seniors Isaac Thylen, Roberto Perez and Victor Vu. Thylen collected NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors after going 17-1 in singles, while Perez (8-5 singles, 11-3 doubles) and Vu (14-5 singles, 14-5 doubles) both were named to the all-league singles and doubles teams for the second consecutive year.
BACK IN THE SUNSHINE STATE
The Beavers are returning to Florida for the first time since 2014 and just the third time since 2010 to play six matches in five days. Babson dropped its three matches in 2010, but went 2-0 on its last trip to the Orlando area with victories over Oglethorpe and Puget Sound.
Thylen is riding a 16-match winning streak in dual-match competition going back to the start of last season.
TOUGH STRETCH AHEAD
In addition to facing nationally-ranked NAIA power Keiser on Saturday and Division I Bucknell on Sunday, Babson will take on six regionally-ranked foes, including three that also appear in the ITA national poll, when it returns from Florida.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are looking to avoid just their second 0-2 start going back to the 2003-04 campaign.