NEWMAC Tournament Final
Men's Tennis at MIT
Sunday, May 6—12 p.m.
duPont Tennis Courts—Cambridge, Mass.
Babson and MIT will meet for the 54th time on Sunday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season. The Engineers have won 50 of the 53 matches, which includes a 7-2 victory two weeks ago.
The Beavers will meet MIT for the 14th time overall and for the 10th time in the last 11 years in the NEWMAC Tournament. Babson has never beaten the Engineers in the postseason, which includes five straight title match defeats since 2013.
The Beavers built a 2-1 lead after doubles but were swept in singles play and suffered a 7-2 loss to then-25th-ranked MIT back on April 22 in Babson Park. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth and first-year Chris Kolesnik won at first doubles and senior Ben Roque and first-year Andre Libnic were victorious at second doubles for the Green and White. The Engineers won four of six singles matches in straight sets.
LAST BABSON WIN
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.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
No. 25 MIT (10-7) is coming off a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Wheaton in a semifinal match on Wednesday. Junior Tyler Barr won at third doubles and first singles, while Albert go was victorious at number on doubles and third singles for the Engineers, who have never lost a conference tournament match. Ko (12-8) has won matches at first through fourth singles, Victor Cheng (11-6) is riding a 10-match winning streak, and Barr (10-7) is 8-4 this spring at first singles. Barr leads the team with a 15-6 record in doubles, while Go and Cheng have each won 11 times on the year.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Second-seeded Babson (12-4) staged an epic comeback after dropping all three doubles matches to edge third-seeded Coast Guard, 5-4, in a semifinal match on Wednesday. Kolesnik, Roque, sophomore Dan Levitan, first-year Cameron Gruss and senior Dylan Levy, who clinched the winning point, all won in straight sets for the Beavers. Libnic is 13-5 in all singles matches, Levy is 12-4, and Levitan (11-3) and Kolesnik (11-5) have both lost just once against league opponents. Rosenbluth has won a team-high 14 doubles matches, which includes a 10-6 mark at number one, while both Kolesnik and Libnic have record 12 wins on the year.
CORAL GABLES CONNECTION
Despite Wednesday's loss, Gulliver Prep products Roque and Libnic have combined to go 5-1 at number two doubles against league competition this spring.
RALLY FOR THE AGES
Over the last decade, the Green and White had not won a match when trailing 3-0 after doubles prior to Wednesday's victory against Coast Guard.
LAST CHANCE TO DANCE
Babson, which last reached the NCAA Tournament in 2014, must defeat an Engineers' squad that has not lost in 20 years of NEWMAC Tournament competition on Sunday.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
Going back to the spring of 2015, the Beavers are 1-6 against MIT and 24-0 against all other conference opponents.