BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a sixth consecutive trip to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final appearance, the Babson College men's tennis program looks to continue its recent success in 2019.
NEW MAN IN CHARGE
First-year head coach Michael Kopelman was hired back in September to lead the Beavers' men's and women's tennis programs. The 2018 Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Northeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year, Kopelman enjoyed a successful three-year stint at Brandeis that included leading both their men's and women's programs to top-20 rankings in the ITA national polls.
LONE SENIOR PROVIDES VETERAN PRESENCE
Brandon Rosenbluth (Pound Ridge, N.Y.), a three-time all-conference doubles selection and a 2018 all-league singles honoree, is the lone senior and one of just three upperclassmen on Babson's 2019 roster. A key leader and steadying presence for the team, he has won 34 career singles matches and owns a 48-24 doubles mark, which includes going 16-1 in league play.
FROM TOP ROOKIES TO TOP OF THE LINEUP
Junior Alberto De Mendiola (San Jose, Costa Rica), the 2017 NEWMAC and ITA Northeast Region Rookie of the Year, and reigning conference rookie of the year sophomore Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) enter the year as the Beavers' top two singles players. De Mendiola played just six matches last year but went 13-4 at number one singles and 14-7 in all doubles matches in 2017, while Libnic was 13-5 in singles and 13-7 in doubles last spring.
CONTINUING TO CLIMB
Sophomore Chris Kolesnik earned All-NEWMAC honors after going 11-5 in singles and tying for second on the team with 12 wins in doubles. Junior Dylan Pace went a career-best 12-6 in all doubles matches and 5-1 in league play, while classmate Scott Riester won a career-high six singles matches in all competitions.
YOUTH IS SERVED
Going into the spring, four of the 10 players on Kopelman's roster are rookies, and just two players have recorded more than 20 singles and 20 doubles victories during their careers.
RACKING UP WINS
Entering the spring, Babson has won at least 11 matches in a program-best six consecutive seasons going back to the 2012-13 campaign. The only other stretch that comes close to matching the Beavers' recent success came between 2000-05 when they posted 11 or more victories in five straight seasons.
The Beavers, who opened the season with dual meet wins over Eastern Nazarene and Merrimack back in the fall, will play four top-25 opponents in the span of five matches at the end of March. The Green and White takes on third-ranked Bowdoin and No. 25 Denison during its spring break trip to southern California before returning home to taken on 10th-ranked Brandeis and No. 23 Bates.