April 17, 2014

Babson Defeats Men's Tennis 9-0 In First-Ever Meeting Between Two Squads

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College (9-6) downed UMass Boston men's tennis (5-7) 9-0 Thursday afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two squads.

The Beavers earned their fourth-consecutive victory, by defeating the Beacons in two hours and 33 minutes-despite frigid temperatures and steady winds.

Babson opened the match with an 8-3 victory at number two doubles, as Isaac Thylen and Saif Rahim knocked off Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) and Eglis Bizhoti (Kucove, Albania).

The Beacons top doubles pair fell next, as Charles Lai (Boston, Mass.) and Sean Cullen (Medway, Mass.) suffered an 8-4 loss.

Davin Garcia and Dom Wysolmerski made it a clean sweep of doubles play for the Beavers, as they earned an 8-3 victory at third-flight doubles over Lyle Analetto (Belmont, Mass.) and Jack Wang (Suzhou, China).

Babson pushed their lead to 4-0, as Rahim defeated Grinhaus 6-1, 6-0 at number four singles.

Roberto Perez clinched the match with an identical 6-1, 6-0 score over Cullen at number one singles.

Brian Sou (Revere, Mass.) fared slightly better in his sixth-flight singles match, falling by a 6-2, 6-3 score to Garcia.

The Beavers pushed their lead to 6-0, when Wysolmerski managed to hang on for a 7-5, 6-1 victory over Wang at number five singles.

Thylen kept the momentum going, when he captured a 6-0, 6-1 victory at number three singles over Bizhoti.

Finally in the closest match of the day, Victor Vu pulled out a super tiebreak win over Lai at second singles to close out the sweep. Vu won the first set 6-1, before Lai answered with a 6-4 second-set victory. With the match already decided, Vu claimed a 10-5 win in the super tiebreak, to snap Lai's six-game singles winning streak. 

UMass Boston will have a quick turn-around, as the Beacons will travel to UMass Dartmouth Saturday at 1 p.m. in a Little East Conference Championship rematch. The Beacons defeated the two-time defending champions 5-4 last May, to earn their first-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament.