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2021 Season Preview: Men's Tennis

2021 Season Preview: Men's Tennis

BABSON PARK, Mass.—After earning the first national ranking in program history last spring, the Babson College men's tennis team is looking to build on its success and challenge for a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) title in 2021.

HEAD COACH: Michael Kopelman (3rd season, 19-8)
2020 RECORD: 5-3
TWITTER: @babsontennis
FACEBOOK: babsontennis

WHAT TO KNOW FOR 2021
• Babson, which ended last year ranked 38th in the ITA Division III poll, is one of five NEWMAC institutions competing in tennis this spring along with Clark, Coast Guard, Springfield and Wheaton. Both MIT and Emerson will not be participating in the 2021 season.
• The top two teams in the regular season standings will advance to the NEWMAC Tournament final on May 8.

2021 SCHEDULE  
Sat., March 27 at Wheaton, 12 p.m.
Sat., April 3 at Clark, 2 p.m.
Sat., April 10 vs. Wheaton, 10:30 a.m.
Sat., April 24 vs. Springfield, 2:30 p.m.
Sat., May 1 at Coast Guard, 1 p.m.
Sat., May 8 NEWMAC Tournament final, TBA
   

PLAYERS TO WATCH
• Sophomore Maxwell Conlin (Alameda, Calif.) went 5-3 and was one half of a regionally-ranked duo at number one doubles last season. He also went 4-0 at number five singles and led the Beavers with five singles victories in all.
• Sophomore Jason Weisman (Claremont, Calif.) won matches at second, third and fourth singles, while classmate Sebastian Bucarion (Sarasota, Fla.) was 2-1 at third singles and 2-2 at number four.
• Senior Chris Kolesnik (Staten Island, N.Y.), a two-time All-NEWMAC doubles selection and 2018 all-conference singles honoree, recorded double-digit wins in both singles and doubles over his first two seasons. He was 2-1 in singles and 3-1 in doubles in 2020.
• Junior Tyler Zhang (Southborough, Mass.) went 3-1 in both singles and doubles play last season and is 15-7 overall in singles and boasts a 15-9 career doubles mark.
• Sophomore Jett Hampton (Lakeway, Texas) posted a 3-2 mark at number six singles as a rookie.

STORYLINES
• Babson, which has reached the conference tournament final in every season going back to 2013, becomes the favorite in the NEWMAC with MIT not competing this spring. The Engineers have won league tournament crown going back to 1999 and suffered just one loss, a 6-3 setback to the Beavers, in 21 years of NEWMAC competition.
• The Green and White is 42-13 against conference foes going back to 2013, which includes a 41-match winning streak against opponents other than MIT.
• Kopelman's first-year class was ranked 17th by the Tennis Recruiting Network last summer, which is the highest-rated in program history.