Men's Tennis Tops Eastern Nazarene in Season Opener, 8-1

Men's Tennis Tops Eastern Nazarene in Season Opener, 8-1

Michael Kopelman Picks Up First Career Victory as Beavers Head Coach

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Three different players were victorious in both singles and doubles to help lift Babson College to an 8-1 win over Eastern Nazarene College in non-conference men's tennis action on Thursday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Complex.

With the win, Babson is now 1-0, while Eastern Nazarene opens the year at 0-1. The victory also was the first in the head coaching career of Michael Kopelman, who took over the program in early September.

The Beavers took control of the match with victories in two of the three doubles matches. Sophomore Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Southborough, Mass.) were 8-7 winners at number two, while sophomores Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) and Ariel Ilarsan Russo (Buenos Aires, Argentina) recorded an 8-3 triumph at number three.

The Lions picked up their only point of the match at first doubles as the duo of senior Alex Partyka (Moscow, Russia) and junior Henry Siercke (Hamburg, Germany) downed senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica), 8-4.

Libnic earned his second point of the day with a 6-3, 6-3 win at number one singles, while De Mendiola and Rosenbluth both bounced back with straight-set victories at number two and three, respectively. Kolesnik was a 6-4, 6-3 winner at number four, Russo posted a 6-1, 6-4 result at number five, and first-year Ron Brody (Springfield, N.J.) cruised to a 6-0, 6-0 sweep at number six in his collegiate debut.

Babson returns to action on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. when it travels to the Connecticut College Tournament.