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Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 25 MIT

Match Preview: Men's Tennis vs. No. 25 MIT

Men's Tennis vs. No. 25 MIT
Monday, April 23—3:30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 53rd time on Monday 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. 25 MIT (8-6, 5-0 NEWMAC) has won three of its last four matches after blanking Springfield, 9-0, on Saturday. Ko and sophomores Albert Go and Victor Cheng were all victorious in singles and doubles for the Engineers, who have dropped just one point against conference foes this spring. Ko (11-8) has won matches at first through fourth singles, Cheng (10-6) is riding a nine-match winning streak, and junior Tyler Barr is 9-6 in all matches and 7-3 at number one singles. Barr leads the team with an overall record of 12-6 in doubles, while Go is 10-7 in all matches and 5-0 in NEWMAC action.

Babson (10-3, 4-0 NEWMAC) has won five consecutive matches after shutting down Emerson, 9-0, on Saturday. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth picked up wins in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who picked up victories at third doubles and sixth singles by default. First-year Andre Libnic is 12-4 in all singles matches, senior Dylan Levy is 10-3 overall and both sophomore Dan Levitan (9-2) and first-year Chris Kolesnik (9-4) are unbeaten in conference play. Rosenbluth has recorded a team-high 13 doubles wins, which includes a 9-4 mark at number one, while Kolesnik and Libnic own 11 and 10 victories, respectively. Sophomore Dylan Pace is also 10-3 overall with a 7-2 mark in dual matches.

The Beavers, who are the only team since the formation of the NEWMAC in 1999 to defeat MIT, will look to snap the Engineers' 28-match conference winning streak on Monday. Since its 6-3 win in the 2015 regular season matchup, Babson has dropped a pair of 5-4 decisions to MIT at home.

The winner of Monday's match will grab at least a share of the NEWMAC regular season title and will be the top seed in the upcoming conference tournament. Both Babson and MIT are set to host semifinal matches on May 2.

The Beavers have led after doubles in nine of their 10 wins this season.