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Match Preview: Men's Tennis at Wheaton

Match Preview: Men's Tennis at Wheaton

Men's Tennis at Wheaton
Wednesday, April 25—3:30 p.m.
Beard Fieldhouse—Norton, Mass.

Babson and Wheaton will meet for the 28th time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1996. The Beavers are 17-10 all-time against the Lyons and have won eight of the last nine meetings between the teams.

Babson won five of six singles matches in straight sets to turn a 2-1 deficit after doubles into a 6-3 victory over Wheaton on April 26, 2017, in Norton, Mass. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers.

The Lyons took two of three matches in doubles and then split the singles matches with wins at number one, three and six to pick up a 5-4 victory over Babson on April 2, 2011, in Norton.

Wheaton (7-7, 3-2 NEWMAC) has dropped two straight matches after suffering a 9-0 loss at No. 17 Brandeis on Sunday. First-year Javier Esteban de Celis and junior Jeremiah Ryser lost 8-6 at number one doubles in the closest match of the day for the Lyons. de Celis is 7-3 in all singles matches, while sophomore Jorge Aguirre Martinez has gone 5-5 overall with three wins at number on singles. de Celis, Martinez and Ryser are all 6-4 in doubles, and sophomore Ned Roosevelt has gone 5-4 with all his results coming at number two.

Babson (10-4, 4-1 NEWMAC) had its five-match winning streak snapped in a 7-2 loss to No. 25 MIT on Monday. Rosenbluth and first-year Chris Kolesnik won at number one doubles and senior Ben Roque and first-year Andre Libnic were victorious at number two doubles for the Beavers, who dropped all six singles matches to the Engineers. Libnic is 12-5 in all singles matches, senior Dylan Levy is 10-4 overall and Kolesnik (9-5) and sophomore Dan Levitan (9-3) have lost just one time in league play. Rosenbluth has recorded a team-high 14 doubles, which includes a 10-4 mark at number one, while Kolesnik and Libnic own 12 and 11 victories, respectively. Sophomore Dylan Pace is also 10-4 with a 7-3 mark in dual matches.

Following Monday's loss to MIT, the Beavers now must win on Wednesday against Wheaton to lock up the second seed and a home semifinal match in next week's conference tournament.

Rosenbluth was selected as the league's singles players of the week and teamed with Kolesnik to earn doubles team of the week honors when the conference released its weekly awards on Monday. The Green and White has now received at least one NEWMAC award in four of the last five weeks.

The Beavers need one win to reach 11 for the sixth consecutive season.