De Mendiola Named Athlete and Rookie of the Year as Men's Tennis Places Four on NEWMAC All-Conference Teams

De Mendiola Named Athlete and Rookie of the Year as Men's Tennis Places Four on NEWMAC All-Conference Teams

BOSTON—Following its fifth straight New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) tournament final appearance, four players from the Babson College men's tennis team earned all-conference accolades on Tuesday.

First-year Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) was selected as the NEWMAC Athlete and Rookie of the Year, and named to both the all-conference singles and doubles teams to highlight the Beavers' honorees. Junior Connor Chin (Lexington, Mass.) and sophomore Ho Wang Alastair Ng (Hong Kong) both garnered all-league singles recognition, while sophomore Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) collected all-conference doubles laurels for the second year in a row.

De Mendiola becomes the fourth player in program history to win NEWMAC Athlete of the Year honors, and the first to earn rookie of the year honors since 2013 after going unbeaten in league play. He was 4-0 in singles and 5-0 in doubles and finished the year at 14-6 overall in singles and 14-7 in all doubles matches. De Mendiola went 13-4 at number one singles, which includes a 3-1 mark against regionally-ranked opponents.

In addition to his single success, De Mendiola and Rosenbluth emerged as one of the top doubles tandems in the northeast. They won all five of their NEWMAC regular season matches and posted a 14-3 mark that included 11 straight victories prior to the conference title match on Sunday.

Ng and Chin both collected all-conference accolades for the first time after putting together strong results in conference play. Ng went 4-1 against league foes and posted an 11-5 mark in all singles matches, while Chin also went 4-1 in NEWMAC action, which included three wins at number six singles and another at number three.

Babson (11-9) saw its season come to an end with a 6-0 loss to 20th-ranked MIT in the NEWMAC final on Sunday.

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