Men's Tennis vs. No. 15 Tufts
Saturday, April 7—2 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Tufts will meet for the 16th time dating back to the 2000-01 season on Saturday. The Jumbos have won each of the last 15 matches between the squads.
No. 15 Tufts built a 2-1 lead after doubles and split the singles matches to edge the Beavers, 5-4, on April 16, 2016, in Babson Park. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth and Roberto Perez '16 won 8-5 at number two doubles, while Perez, Victor Vu '16 and senior Ben Roque each picked up a victory in singles for the Green and White.
SCOUTING THE JUMBOS
No. 17 Tufts (4-1) suffered its first loss of the season in a 7-2 setback to then-third-ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps back on March 24. Sophomore Nathan Niemiec and first-year Carl-Herman Grant picked up an 8-5 win at number two singles, while classmate Boris Sorkin produced a three-set victory at number three singles.Two of Tufts' four wins this season have come against nationally-ranked opponents.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (5-2) 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. 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.
RESTED FOR THE STRETCH RUN
The Beavers, who have played just once since March 21 due to a pair of postponements, begin a stretch of five matches in nine days on Saturday against the nationally-ranked Jumbos. Babson opens conference play at Coast Guard on Sunday and hosts another NESCAC foe in Colby on April 15.
LAURELS FOR LIBNIC
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.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won four straight matches in the month of April going back to last spring.