Men's Tennis

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Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 13 Tufts/Emerson

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 13 Tufts/Emerson

Men's Tennis vs. Emerson/Tufts
Saturday, April 16—9:30 a.m./1 p.m.
Farwell Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson and Tufts will meet for the 15th time dating back to the 2000-01 season on Saturday. The Jumbos have won each of the last 14 matches between the squads.
• The Beavers will take on Emerson for the seventh time since 2008 and have won each of the previous six matches.

LAST MEETING
• Babson dropped its season opener to Tufts, 8-1, on September 20, 2013, in Medford.
• The Green and White blanked Emerson, 9-0, on April 11, 2015, in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
No. 13 Tufts (9-4) snapped its two-match losing streak with a 5-4 win over then-No. 32 Brandeis on Wednesday afternoon. Sophomore Zain Ali and senior Rob Jacobson followed up an 8-3 victory at number three doubles with wins at third and fourth singles, while classmate Nick Cary recorded a three-set triumph at number five to close out the come-from-behind win. Sophomore Rohan Gupte, who is 14th in the most recent ITA regional rankings, and 19th-ranked senior Jay Glickman have both dropped three straight matches to ranked foes at first and second singles. Ali and Jacobson have won five straight matches going back to March 22 when paired together in doubles.

SCOUTING THE LIONS
Emerson (5-4, 0-2 NEWMAC) has dropped four straight matches after opening the season with five consecutive wins following Wednesday's 8-1 loss at Clark. Antonio Ramirez picked up the Lions' lone point with a 6-2, 6-3 victory at number one singles. Senior Nik Rhodes has won two straight singles matches and is 6-1 overall this spring. Emerson has been shutout in doubles play during its four-match losing streak and has dropped 14 straight matches since joining the NEWMAC prior to the 2013-14 campaign.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (5-6, 1-0 NEWMAC), which is ranked 16th in the most recent ITA regional rankings, has won two straight matches after breezing past Connecticut College, 8-1, on Wednesday. Seniors Roberto Perez, Isaac Thylen and Victor Vu, sophomore Ben Roque and first-year Brandon Rosenbluth all won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who led 3-0 after doubles. Thylen and Rosenbluth lead the Green and White with six singles wins apiece, while Perez enters the weekend having won three straight matches, all at number one. Vu is 10-5 in all doubles matches and has gone 6-4 this spring when playing alongside fellow senior Saif Rahim.

STREAKING
Thylen is 2-0 this season and has won 16 straight matches at number two singles going back to 2014.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
With his two wins on Wednesday, Vu now has 92 combined singles and doubles victories in his career.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers, who will play their next six matches at home, have gone 9-3 at Farwell Courts in the month of April since 2014.

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