NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 2 Men's Tennis vs. No. 3 Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: No. 2 Men's Tennis vs. No. 3 Coast Guard

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 2 Men's Tennis vs. No. 3 Coast Guard
Saturday, May 6--11:30 am.m.
duPont Tennis Courts—Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 21st time since 2001 on Saturday in Cambridge. The Beavers are 14-6 against the Bears during this stretch and have won six consecutive matches between the teams.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the second consecutive year and sixth time overall in the conference playoffs in Saturday's semifinals. The Beavers are 3-2 in NEWMAC Tournament play, which includes a 5-1 semifinal victory last spring.

LAST MEETING
Junior Connor Chin rallied from a deficit at number six singles to win the decisive point of the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-4 as Babson defeated Coast Guard, 5-4, on April 19 in New London, Conn. Sophomore Ho Wang Alastair Ng and first-year Alberto De Mendiola won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers.

LAST COAST GUARD WIN
Nick Martin rallied from a set down at number four singles to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 6-2 as the Bears slipped past Babson, 5-4, on April 4, 2012, in Babson Park, Mass.

SCOUTING THE BEARS
Third-seeded Coast Guard (7-8, 4-2 NEWMAC), which is making its fourth consecutive conference tournament appearance, snapped a two-match skid with a 9-0 win over Clark on April 26. Juniors John Hu and Mike Melampy and first-year Adam Bahney all won three-set matches at first through third singles for the Bears, who also had a pair of close victories in doubles. Melampy is 12-5 this year in singles, which includes a 5-1 mark against league foes, while first-year Arthur Wicke has won four conference matches and is one of three players with eight total wins on the season. Hu leads the squad with a 10-6 doubles record and Bahney and junior Ben Errington went 4-2 in regular season NEWMAC play.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Second-seeded Babson (10-8, 5-1 NEWMAC) has won four straight matches after easing past Wheaton, 6-3, in its regular season finale on April 26. Sophomore Brandon Rosenbluth won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who were victorious in five of six singles matches after falling behind 2-1 after doubles. De Mendiola is 13-5 in all singles matches, including a 12-3 mark at number one, and Ng has gone 11-5 overall with a 4-1 record in league play. De Mendiola and Rosenbluth are 13-3 at number one doubles, went 5-0 in NEWMAC play and have won 10 straight matches this spring. The Green and White is looking to reach the conference final for the fifth year in a row.

SUCCESS ON THE ROAD
The Beavers picked up eight of their 10 wins away from home this season and are riding a three-match winning streak on the road entering the conference tournament.

RISING IN THE RANKINGS
De Mendiola moved up three spots to 10th in the ITA Northeast Region singles rankings last week, and he and Rosenbluth moved up one spot to eighth in the doubles rankings.

INTO THE FIRE
Outside of Rosenbluth and junior Ben Roque, the Green and White has eight member of the program that will make their NEWMAC Tournament debut on Saturday.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 8-5 all-time and have won four straight NEWMAC Tournament semifinal matches.

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