MIT Battles Babson for 5-1 Win to Capture its 20th NEWMAC Men’s Tennis Championship

Courtesy of DSPics.com
Courtesy of DSPics.com

THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 1 MIT 5, No. 2 Babson College 1

- Records: MIT (11-7), Babson (12-5)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: Squaring off in the NEWMAC Men's Tennis Championship for the sixth straight year, host and No. 1 seed MIT came out on top as it defeated No. 2 Babson College, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon. The Engineers won their 20th consecutive conference title and earned the league's automatic bid to the 2018 NCAA Division III Tournament. In addition, junior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player for his performance this past week.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Babson's Brandon Rosenbluth and Chris Kolesnik jumped out to a 4-1 lead in the No. 1 doubles position, however, Cauneac and sophomore Albert Go (Merritt Island, Fla.) won five of the next six games to take a 6-5 lead. After splitting the following two games, Cauneac and Go claimed the final one to give MIT the first point of the day.

- In the No. 3 spot, Dan Levitan and Dylan Pace inched out to a 3-2 lead for the Beavers. Junior Tyler Barr (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) and freshman Charles Deng (Temple City, Calif.) responded by winning back-to-back games, going ahead for good and capturing an 8-6 win.

- Freshmen Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) and Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) generated two wins in a row, giving the Engineers a 4-3 lead at the No. 2 slot. Ben Roque and Andre Libnic countered with back-to-back wins of their own, putting Babson in front. Zhao and Ampudia eventually tied the match at 8-8, however, Roque and Libric won the tiebreaker, 7-4.

- At No. 2 singles, Cauneac defeated Rosenbluth, 6-0, 6-2, to give MIT a 3-1 lead. Zhao topped Gruss, 6-1, 6-0 in the No. 6 spot as Ampudia clinched the match with a 6-0, 6-3 victory over Levy in the No. 5 position.

- When the match was halted, Barr was up 6-3, 4-2, in his match with Libric at the top spot. In the No. 3 slot, Kolesnik won the first set, 6-2, but Deng led 6-5 in the second stanza. Levitan claimed a 6-3 win in the first set at the No. 4 position, but Go had a 2-1 edge in the second set.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will learn its NCAA Championship opponent and location at Noon on Monday via a press release on NCAA.com. Those matches begin next weekend on Friday, May 11th.

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