CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The Babson College men's tennis team fell behind in doubles and suffered a 5-1 loss to MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final at the duPont Tennis Courts on Sunday afternoon.
Babson, which was making its sixth consecutive title match appearance, sees its season come to a close at 12-5 overall. MIT, which captured its 20th consecutive NEWMAC championship, improves to 11-7 overall and will represent the conference in the NCAA Tournament beginning next weekend.
The Beavers dropped the first two completed matches in doubles before getting on the board at number where senior Ben Roque (Coral Gables, Fla.) and first-year Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) posted a 9-8 (7-4) victory. Junior Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.) and first-year Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.) suffered an 8-6 setback at number one, while sophomores Dan Levitan (Winter Park, Fla.) and Dylan Pace (Atherton, Calif.) fell 8-6 at number three.
Junior Alex Cauneac (Severna Park, Md.) picked up MIT's first singles point with a 6-0, 6-2 triumph over Rosenbluth at number two, and first-year Michael Zhao (Princeton Junction, N.J.) topped Babson first-year Cameron Gruss (Kittery, Maine) 6-1, 6-0 at number six. The Engineers closed out the match at number five as first-year Pablo Ampudia (San Antonio, Texas) beat senior Dylan Levy (Miami, Fla.) 6-0, 6-3.
Levitan won the opening set 6-3 at number four, Kolesnik led 6-5 in the first set at number three and Libnic trailed 6-3, 4-2 at number one in three unfinished singles matches.
• Babson and MIT have now met in the postseason in 10 of the last 11 years.
• After suffering their first loss to a conference opponent in Wednesday's semifinal win over Coast Guard, Roque and Libnic improved to 6-1 against league foes at second doubles with Sunday's victory.
• The Beavers' 12 wins this spring are the program's second highest total since the 2004-05 campaign.