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Men's Tennis Tops Clark in NEWMAC Opener, 7-2

Men's Tennis Tops Clark in NEWMAC Opener, 7-2

WORCESTER, Mass.—Sophomore Parker Law (White Bear Lake, Minn.) and first-year Gabriel Cestero (San Juan, Puerto Rico) both recorded points in singles and doubles as the visiting Babson College men's tennis team opened New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 7-2 win over Clark University on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 overall and 1-0 in league play, while Clark opens 0-1 overall and in the NEWMAC.

The Beavers led 2-1 after doubles thanks to an 8-4 win by Law and sophomore Jason Weisman (Claremont, Calif.) at number two and an 8-1 victory at number three by Cestero and first-year Jose Gonzalez (Asheville, N.C.). The Cougars duo of Christian Reubens (Cheshire, Conn.) and Dariy Vykhodtsev (Saco, Maine) rallied from a 7-4 deficit to edge Babson junior Kian Yazdi (London, England) and sophomore Maxwell Conlin (Alameda, Calif.) in a tiebreaker at number one, 8-7 (7-5).

The Green and White won got straight-set victories in singles from Yazdi (6-1, 6-3) at number one, Cestero (6-0, 7-5) at number four and Law, who was a 6-1, 6-1 winner at number five. Conlin avenged his doubles loss to Reubens with a 6-1, 7-5, 1-0 (10-8) triumph at number two singles, while sophomore James Burdick (Austin, Texas) was a 6-3, 1-6, 1-0 (10-8) winner at number six.

Both teams are back in action next Saturday as Babson hosts Wheaton at 10:30 a.m., while Clark visits Coast Guard for a 1 p.m. match.

• The Beavers have won their last 10 matches against Clark and are 31-2 against the Cougars dating back to 1997.
• Burdick's win at number six singles was the first of his career.
• Through its first two matches, seven different players have recorded at least one singles victory for the Beavers.