BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the third set for a 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 triumph at number one singles as visiting MIT came from behind to defeat Babson College, 5-4, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action on Friday afternoon at Farwell Courts.
With the win, MIT is now 9-4 overall and 4-0 in league play, while Babson falls to 8-8 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
The Beavers, who fell to the Engineers 5-4 in last year's conference championship match, built a 2-1 lead after doubles. Seniors Victor Vu (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Saif Rahim (Hong Kong) rolled to an 8-1 win at number one, while classmate Roberto Perez (Pozuelo de Alarcon, Spain) and first-year Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) picked up a key point with an 8-6 victory at number two.
MIT got on the board at number three as first-years Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and Tyler Barr (Auburn Township, Ohio) edged junior Dom Wysolmerski (Rutland, Vt.) and sophomore Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) of Babson, 8-5.
Senior Isaac Thylen (Surfside, Fla.) was a 7-6, 6-4 winner for the Beavers at number two singles, while Roque rebounded from his loss in doubles to post a 6-3, 7-6 victory at number five. The Engineers evened the match with wins at third, fourth and sixth singles before Cauneac edged Perez in a battle of two of the region's top players.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. as Babson hosts Springfield, while MIT takes on Clark.