BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off its fifth consecutive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final appearance, the Babson College men's tennis program enters the 2018 campaign with high hopes.
Head coach Jim Berrigan enters his 19th season with nine players back from last year's squad that finished at 11-9 overall and 5-1 in conference play. The Beavers have won at least 11 matches in five consecutive seasons and are looking to continue their success with a lineup that must replace just one key player from last spring.
MAKING HIS MARK
Sophomore Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) is coming off a fantastic rookie year that saw him earn NEWMAC Player and Rookie of the Year honors, in addition to being recognized as the ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year. He finished the 2017 campaign ranked 10th in the ITA regional rankings after going 13-4 in singles play and 14-7 in doubles action.
LEANING ON THE VETERANS
Seniors Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.), Connor Chin (Lexington, Mass.) and Dylan Levy, and junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) will be counted on to help the Green and White succeed in 2018. Rosenbluth won a team-high 16 doubles matches, which includes a 14-4 mark alongside De Mendiola at number one, and finished 9-12 overall and 5-10 at number two singles last spring. Chin garnered all-league singles honors after going 4-1 in league play, Roque finished third on the team with 10 singles victories, and Levy owns 10 singles and seven doubles wins in his career.
READY FOR A BREAKTHROUGH
Sophomore Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) and three classmates are all looking to build upon the experience they gained as rookies last season. Levitan, who played regularly at number four singles and number three doubles, was victorious in 12 total matches, including two apiece in doubles and singles in NEWMAC play. Fellow sophomore Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) won four matches in doubles and three in singles, while the duo of Scott Riester (Lynnfield, Mass.) and Jonathan Ben-Rey (Las Vegas, Nev.) both went 2-1 in all singles matches.
NEW HOME FOR THE BEAVERS
After calling Farwell Courts home for the last 52 years, Babson will move into a new tennis facility across campus this spring. The new facility features eight lighted courts with court-side bleacher seating, as well as additional seating along the wall overlooking the playing surface. The Beavers will open the new courts against Bates on March 28.
Along with a strong core of returners, Berrigan's squad features plenty of youth with nine of 13 players in either their first of second year with the program. The Beavers have three first-year players and one transfer that will make their debuts this spring.
TOUGH CHALLENGES AWAIT
In addition to its six-match NEWMAC slate, the Green and White will face six nationally-ranked opponents this spring. The Beavers travel to No. 3 Middlebury on March 11 and will return from spring break to play host four straight national powers in Bates (No. 19), Brandeis (No. 20), MIT (No. 21) and Tufts (No. 17) in a span of 10 days beginning March 28.