CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Visiting Babson College opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 9-0 loss at MIT on Wednesday afternoon.
Babson, which has lost four of its last five matches, slips to 7-4 overall and 0-1 in league play, while MIT improves to 4-3 overall and 1-0 in the NEWMAC with its second consecutive win.
Despite three close matches, the Beavers were unable to pick up a point and trailed 3-0 after doubles. Senior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica) dropped an 8-4 decision at number one, sophomores Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) and Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) fell 8-5 at number two, and junior Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) and first-year Tyler Zhang (Northborough, Mass.) lost 8-7 to senior Sean Ko (Danville, Calif.) and sophomore Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) at number three.
The closest contests in singles came at numbers two and three where Libnic and Rosenbluth both suffered three-set defeats. Libnic rallied to take the second set before falling 4-6, 6-4, 3-6 to Engineers' senior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) at number two, while Rosenbluth dropped the final two sets in a 6-7 (8-6), 1-6, 8-10 setback to Ko.
Zhang also went three sets at number six singles before suffering a 7-5, 1-6, 10-5 loss to Ampudia.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Coast Guard at 12 p.m., while MIT travels to fifth-ranked Bowdoin on Friday at 3 p.m.