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NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 31 MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final Preview: Men's Tennis at No. 31 MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final
Men's Tennis at No. 31 MIT
Sunday, May 5 | 12 p.m.
JB Carr Tennis Bubble | Cambridge, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 56th time on Sunday in a series that dates back to the 1984-85 season. The Engineers have won 52 of the previous 55 matches against the Beavers.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• The Beavers and Engineers will meet for the seventh year in a row in the conference final and for the 10th time in the last 11 years in the league playoffs. Overall, Babson is 0-14 against MIT in NEWMAC Tournament play.

LAST MEETING
• MIT won a pair of close matches in doubles and took four of six singles matches in straight sets on its way to defeating Babson, 9-0, on April 3 in Cambridge.

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
• Top-seeded and 31st-ranked MIT (12-5) advanced to its 21st straight NEWMAC final with a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Wheaton on Wednesday.
• Tyler Barr and Michael Zhao both won in singles and doubles for the Engineers, who won their 41st straight conference tournament match.
• Barr is 13-2 at number one singles, Alex Cauneac is 14-4 overall and 9-2 at number two, and Sean Ko has gone 13-4 in all matches and 9-2 at number three.
• Barr and Cauneac are 11-3 at number one for MIT, which dropped just one point in doubles during league play this spring.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Second-seeded Babson (14-4) has won seven consecutive matches and advanced to its seventh straight NEWMAC Tournament final with a 6-0 win over third-seeded Coast Guard on Wednesday.
• Junior Alberto De Mendiola and sophomores Chris Kolesnik and Andre Libnic all won in singles and doubles for the the Beavers.
• Senior Brandon Rosenbluth is 13-6 in all singles matches and 7-4 at number three, De Mendiola is 8-5 at number one, and Libnic and Kolesnik have gone 9-3 at second and fourth singles, respectively.
• Kolesnik and Rosenbluth are 5-0 in all matches and 4-0 at number one doubles, while Zhang and junior Dylan Pace have gone 10-5 overall and 5-2 against NEWMAC foes this spring.

ROSENBLUTH HITS CENTURY MARK
• With points at number two doubles and number three singles in the regular season finale at Wheaton, Rosenbluth recorded the 99th and 100th wins of his Babson career.
• With Wednesday's win in doubles he now owns 44 singles victories and 57 doubles wins, and is the program's first player to reach 100 combined wins since Victor Vu '16 back in 2016. 

14 AND COUNTING
• With its semifinal victory over Coast Guard on Saturday, the Beavers matched a school record with their 14th victory of the season.
• Babson's 2014-15 squad, which captured the program's only NEWMAC regular season title, entered the conference title match with 14 wins and suffered a 5-4 loss to MIT.

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