NORTON, Mass.—Visiting Babson College picked up two key points in doubles and dominated singles play on its way to a 7-2 victory over Wheaton College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) men's tennis action on Wednesday at the Haas Athletic Center.
With the win, Babson closes the regular season at 11-4 overall and 5-1 in league play to earn the second seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament. Wheaton dropped its third straight match to end the regular season at 7-8 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
Senior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and first-year Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) were 9-8 (8-4) winners at number two doubles, while sophomores Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) posted a 9-8 (8-4) win at number three doubles for the Beavers. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and first-year Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) fell to the Lyons' duo of junior Jeremiah Ryser (Cross River, N.Y.) and first-year Javier Estaban de Celis (Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Spain) 8-6 at first doubles.
Libnic won first and third-set tiebreakers to pick up a 7-6 (7-3), 1-6, 1-0 (10-7) victory at number one singles, while Rosenbluth was a 6-4, 6-0 winner at number two. Kolesnik also bounced back with a 6-1, 6-3 triumph at number three and Levitan produced a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 result at number four.
Senior Dylan Levy (Miami, Fla.) collected Babson's final point with a 6-4, 6-1 triumph at number five.
The Beavers are off until next Wednesday when they host third-seeded Coast Guard in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal match at 3:30 p.m. Wheaton will host Clark in a conference quarterfinal match on Saturday.
• Babson is now 17-10 all-time against Wheaton and has won nine of the last 10 matches between the squads.
• The Beavers have won at least 11 matches in six consecutive seasons going back to 2012-13.
• The loss by Rosenbluth and Kolesnik snapped their six-match winning streak at number one doubles.