|Austin Blau clinched the team's win with his #4 singles victory
CLAREMONT, CA - The Tufts men's tennis team concluded its California spring break trip with a 3-1 record after defeating local rival Babson, 8-1, on Friday in a match played at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
The Jumbos return home with a 5-1 overall record for 2012-13 and open their NESCAC season against Bates next Saturday (Mar. 30) at 11 am. With the loss Babson drops to 4-4 overall. The Beavers come home and play at Brandeis next Thursday.
Tufts swept doubles, all by 8-6 scores. The #1 combo of senior Ben Barad (San Rafael, CA) and Rob Jacobson (Winnetka, IL), the #2 duo of senior tri-captain Mark Westerfield (Menlo Park, CA) with freshman Nick Telkedzhiev (Plovdiv, Bulgaria), and the #3 pair of senior tri-captain Andrew Lutz (Baltimore, MD) and junior Matt Pataro (Miami, FL) all helped the Jumbos take a 3-0 lead.
Wins by sophomore Brian Tan (Orinda, CA) at #6 singles and junior Austin Blau (Roslyn, NY) at #4 clinched the win for Tufts. Tan lost just three games and Blau gave up only four. Telkedzhiev and Jacobson added singles wins at #2 and #5, respectively, to their doubles victories. Freshman Jay Glickman (Chappaqua, NY) was a straight-set winner for the Jumbos on the third court.
Tufts University 8, Babson College 1
1. Roberto Perez (BAB) def. Ben Barad (TUFTS) 6-4, 6-3
2. Nick Telkedzhiev (TUFTS) def. Victor Vu (BAB) 2-6, 7-6, 1-0 (10-5)
3. Jay Glickman (TUFTS) def. Ramone Doyley (BAB) 6-4, 7-6
4. Austin Blau (TUFTS) def. Mitchell Henry (BAB) 6-1, 6-3
5. Rob Jacobson (TUFTS) def. Connor DeFiore (BAB) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0 (10-6)
6. Brian Tan (TUFTS) def. Davin Garcia (BAB) 6-2, 6-1
1. Ben Barad/Rob Jacobson (TUFTS) def. Connor DeFiore/Ramone Doyley (BAB) 8-6
2. Mark Westerfield/Nick Telkedzhiev (TUFTS) def. Victor Vu/Roberto Perez (BAB) 8-6
3. Andrew Lutz/Matt Pataro (TUFTS) def. Mitchell Henry/Davin Garcia (BAB) 8-6
Tufts University 5-1
Babson College 4-4
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (6,1,4,3,5,2)