NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 2 Men's Tennis vs. No. 3 Coast Guard
Wednesday, May 2—3:30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 23rd time since 2001 on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers are 16-6 against the Bears during this stretch and have won eight consecutive matches in the series.
Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the third consecutive year and seventh time overall in the conference playoffs in Wednesday's semifinal round. The Beavers are 4-2 in NEWMAC Tournament play against the Bears, which includes victories in each of the last two seasons.
Sophomore Dan Levitan and first-years Chris Kolesnik and Andre Libnic were all victorious in singles and doubles to help Babson defeat Coast Guard, 7-2, on April 8 in New London, Conn. John Hu and Arthur Wicke picked up singles wins for the Bears, who trailed 3-0 after doubles.
LAST COAST GUARD WIN
Nick Martin rallied from a set down at number four singles to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, 6-2 as the Bears slipped past Babson, 5-4, on April 4, 2012, in Babson Park, Mass.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
Third-seeded Coast Guard (8-4), which is making its fifth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament appearance, has won three straight matches after blanking Emerson, 9-0, in its regular season finale last Thursday. Jack Phillips was victories in singles and doubles for the Bears, who won three matches by default. Tom Hackett is 10-5 overall and 8-3 at number one singles, while Hu, Wicke, Mike Melampy and Kyle Fager have all won nine singles matches this season. Melampy and Phillips (3-2) were the lone Coast Guard doubles pairing to post a winning record in league.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Second-seeded Babson (11-4), which is making its sixth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament appearance, has won six of its last seven matches after defeating Wheaton, 7-2, in its regular season finale last Wednesday. Libnic and Levitan both won in singles and doubles for the Beavers, who were victorious in each of the first five singles flights. Libnic is 13-5 in all singles matches, senior Dylan Levy is 11-4, and Levitan (10-3) and Kolesnik (10-5) have both lost just one time in league play. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth has won a team-high 14 doubles matches, which includes a 10-5 mark at number one, while both Kolesnik and Libnic have won 12 times on the year.
HONORING THE SENIORS
After having last Wednesday's regular season finale moved to Wheaton because of poor weather, the Beavers' senior class of Levy, Connor Chin and Ben Roque will likely play their final home match on Wednesday against Coast Guard. The trio has helped the Green and White to 47 wins and three straight NEWMAC Tournament final appearances since 2015.
CORAL GABLES CONNECTION
Gulliver Prep products Roque and Libnic have teamed up to go 5-0 at number two doubles in league play this spring.
The winner of Wednesday's match will take on either top-seeded MIT or fourth-seeded Wheaton in Saturday's NEWMAC Tournament final at the highest remaining seed.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won five straight matches and are 9-5 all-time in the semifinal round of the NEWMAC Tournament.