NEW LONDON, Conn.—The Babson College men's tennis team built a one point lead after doubles and held on to defeat Connecticut College, 5-4, in non-conference action on Saturday afternoon inside Luce Fieldhouse.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 on the year, while Connecticut College falls to 0-1.
The Beavers took two of three points in doubles thanks to victories at number two and three. First-year Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) won 9-7 at number two and first-year Cameron Gruss (Kittery, Maine) and senior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) recorded an 8-5 triumph at number three.
First-year Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) and junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) suffered an 8-6 loss to the Camels' duo of junior Will Cannon (Fairfield, Conn.) and senior Ben Sachs (Mount Kisco, N.Y.).
Sophomore Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Calif.) gave the Green and White its first singles point with an easy 6-3, 6-1 win at number one. Libnic followed with a 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 triumph at number two, but Rosenbluth dropped a three-set decision at number three and Gruss fell 6-2, 6-2 at number five as Connecticut College clawed its way back into the match.
Kolesnik picked up the Beavers' final point with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph at number four singles. Roque cruised to a first-set win but eventually fell 1-6, 6-1, 1-0 (10-7) to Camels' senior Patrick Farrell (Smithtown, N.Y.) at number six.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to third-ranked Middlebury for a 3 p.m. match, while Connecticut College faces Tufts next Saturday.
• The Beavers are now 5-8 all-time against Connecticut College going back to 1998.
• Babson has won five of its last six matches away to home going back to last April.
• The Beavers have won 11 of their last 12 matches when leading after doubles dating back to last season.