NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Men's Tennis vs. Coast Guard
Wednesday, May 1 | 3:30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts | Wellesley, Mass.
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the 25th time since 2001 on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers are 18-6 against the Bears during this stretch and have won 10 consecutive matches in the series.
• Babson and Coast Guard will meet for the fourth year in a row in the semifinals and eighth time overall in the conference playoffs on Wednesday. The Beavers are 5-2 against the Bears, which includes rallying from a 3-0 deficit heading to singles last season.
• Propelled by three close victories in doubles, the Beavers rolled through singles on the way to defeating Coast Guard, 9-0, on April 6 in Babson Park.
• Junior Dylan Pace and first-year Tyler Zhang won 8-6 at third doubles, senior Brandon Rosenbluth and junior Alberto De Mendiola pulled out an 8-7 (7-3) decision at number one, and sophomores Chris Kolesnik and Andre Libnic were 8-7 (7-5) winners at number two.
LAST COAST GUARD WIN
• Nick Martin rallied from a set down at number four singles to win 6-7 (4-7), 6-0, and 6-2 as the Bears slipped past Babson, 5-4, on April 4, 2012, in Babson Park, Mass.
SCOUTING THE BEARS
• Coast Guard (8-7), which is making its sixth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament appearance, is looking to capture its third straight win after beating Emerson 7-2 last Wednesday.
• Kyle Fager, Chris Lansing, Lucas Arora and Ryan Casey all earned points in singles and doubles for the Bears, who jumped out to a 3-0 lead thanks to a sweep in doubles.
• Hackett is 10-6 overall and has won two straight matches to improve to 8-3 at number one singles, senior Jack Phillips is 8-5 in all matches and Fager is 7-7 and has gone 5-6 in dual-match play.
• Hackett leads the team in doubles with an overall record of 13-6 and has gone 12-6 playing alongside Phillips at number one doubles, while Fager and sophomore Chris Lansing are 10-8 overall and 4-6 at number two in doubles.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (13-4, 5-1 NEWMAC) enters its seventh consecutive NEWMAC Tournament appearance riding an six-match winning streak after defeating Wheaton, 8-1, last Wednesday.
• De Mendiola, Libnic, Rosenbluth and Kolesnik were all victorious in singles and doubles for the Beavers, who claimed five of their six singles points in straight sets.
• Rosenbluth is 13-6 in all singles matches and 7-4 at number three singles, De Mendiola is 7-5 at number one, and Libnic and Kolesnik have gone 8-3 at second and fourth singles, respectively.
• Kolesnik and Libnic are 7-4 at number two doubles, while Zhang and junior Dylan Pace have gone 9-5 in all dual matches and 4-2 against NEWMAC foes this spring.
ROSENBLUTH HITS CENTURY MARK
• With points at number two doubles and number three singles at Wheaton, Rosenbluth recorded the 99th and 100th wins of his Babson career.
• He now owns 44 singles victories and 56 doubles wins, and is the program's first player to reach 100 combined wins since Victor Vu '16, who also achieved the feat in a win over Wheaton back in 2016.
TOP DOUBLES DUO GARNERS COFNERENCE HONORS
• Libnic and De Mendiola were chosen as the NEWMAC Doubles Team of the Week on Monday after cruising to an 8-1 victory over Ian Tracy and Javier Esteban de Celis of the Lyons.
• Zhang and fellow first-year Ron Brody enter the postseason having won six and five straight singles matches, respectively.
• Zhang is second on the team with 12 wins and went 5-1 in league play, while Brody is 11-4 on the year, which includes a 4-1 mark in the NEWMAC.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• 14: The Beavers' record for wins which was achieved in 2014-15 and can be matched with a victory on Wednesday.