CLAREMONT, Calif.—The Babson College men's tennis team suffered its first loss of the season on Tuesday afternoon as it dropped an 8-1 decision to third-ranked Bowdoin College at the Claremont Club.
Babson, which was off to its best start since 1997, is now 6-1, while Bowdoin rebounded from its first loss of the year to improve to 5-1.
The Beavers' lone point in the match came at number two doubles where sophomroes Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) scored an 8-6 win over the Polar Bears' sophomore duo of Larry Zhao (Burnaby, British Columbia) and Justin Wang (Short Hills, N.J.). Senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) lost 8-4 at number one doubles, while junior Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Southborough, Mass.) fell by the same score at number three.
De Mendiola suffered a 6-3, 6-2 setback at number one singles, Libnic dropped a 6-4, 6-0 decision at number two and Rosenbluth was beaten 6-3, 6-4 at number three. Kolesnik fell 6-2, 6-3 at number four and first-year Ron Brody (Springfield, N.J.) and Zhang both lost the first singles matches of their respective careers at five and six, respectively.
Babson returns to action on Thursday when it travels to Irvine, Calif., to meet Concordia at 3 p.m. ET.