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Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 26 MIT

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 26 MIT

Men's Tennis vs. No. 26 MIT
Wednesday, April 4—3:30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 53rd time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season. The Engineers have won 49 of the 52 matches, which includes a pair of victories in 2017.

Second-seeded Babson suffered a 5-0 loss to top-seeded and 20th-ranked MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament final on May 7, 2017, in Cambridge. The Engineers won close matches at first and third doubles before closing out the victory with singles wins by junior Sean Ko and Kenny Gea at number four and number six, respectively.

Ramone Doyley '15 and Victor Vu '16 both won in singles and doubles as the Beavers defeated MIT, 6-3, in the conference opener for both teams on April 1, 2014, in Cambridge. Leading 2-1 after doubles, the Beavers won in straight sets at four of the top five singles flights to beat the Engineers for the first time since 1985.

No. 26 MIT (2-4, 0-0 NEWMAC) has dropped three straight matches after suffering a 7-2 loss to No. 2 Bowdoin on Saturday afternoon. Junior Tyler Barr and Alex Cauneac teamed up to win 9-7 (9-3) at number one doubles, while sophomore Victor Cheng recorded a straight-set victory at number four singles for the Engineers. First-year Charles Deng is 5-2 in all singles matches and Barr has gone 4-5 overall, which includes a 2-2 mark at number one singles, and 6-5 in all doubles competitions. First-year Michael Zhao has picked up two of his three doubles wins while playing alongside Barr at number one doubles.

Babson (5-2, 0-0 NEWMAC) is looking for redemption after falling to 18th-ranked Brandeis, 7-2, last Thursday. First-years Andre Libnic and Cameron Gruss both recorded three-set wins in singles for the Beavers, who trailed 3-0 after doubles. Libnic (7-3) and senior Dylan Levy (7-2) are tied for the team lead in singles wins, while first-year Chris Kolesnik is 6-3 overall and 3-1 at number three singles. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth is 8-4 overall and 4-2 at number one doubles, Libnic and Kolesnik both have six wins, and sophomore Dylan Pace is 5-2 in all matches and 2-0 at second doubles.

The Beavers, who are the only team since the formation of the NEWMAC in 1999 to defeat MIT, will look to snap the Engineers' 23-match conference winning streak on Wednesday. Since its 6-3 win in the 2015 regular season matchup, Babson has dropped a pair of 5-4 decisions to MIT at home.

After defeating Jackson Kogan of Brandeis, the region's 21st-ranked player, in his first match at number one, Libnic was selected as the NEWMAC Singles Player of the Week on Monday. He has won three straight matches overall and is 4-1 in duals this spring.

The Beavers have won four straight matches in the month of April going back to last spring.