WALTHAM, Mass. – The 32nd-ranked Brandeis men's tennis team rolled past local rivals Babson, 8-1, for the Judges' fifth-straight win today. Brandeis improves to 9-6 on the season, while Babson falls to 6-8.
The Judges won two of three doubles matches to start the afternoon, both by identical 8-4 scores. Rookie David Aizenberg (Highland Park, Ill./Highland Park) and sophomore Tyler Ng (Great Neck, N.Y./Great Neck South) were triumphant at No. 2, while sophomore Jackson Kogan (Pacific Palisades, Calif./Windward School) and senior Brian Granoff (Miami, Fla./Gulliver Prep) took a point at No. 3. Babson's tandem of Alberto De Mendiola and Brandon Rosenbluth got a couple of early breaks at No. and held off a late charge for an 8-5 win at No. 1 to get the Beavers on the board.
Singles action was all Judges. Senior Michael Arguello (Brentwood, Tenn./Brentwood) shook off his doubles loss with a resounding 6-0, 6-0, win at No. 3 to open Brandeis's scoring. Rookie Benjamin Wolfe (Blue Bell, Pa./Wissahickon) defeated his foe at No. 6, 6-1, 6-4, to get the Judges within a point of clinching, while Tyler Ng went 2-0 in the day with the clinching point at No. 3, 6-4, 6-0.
Granoff went 2-0 on the day as well thanks to a second-set tiebreaker, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-3). Senior Ryan Bunis (Cincinnati, Ohio/Groton-Dunstable, Mass.) rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the first set to win in straight sets, 7-5, 6-4. Rookie Mitchell Ostrovsky (Brooklyn, N.Y./Leon M. Goldstein) completed the singles sweep with the day's only three-set match, coming from one set down for a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 5.
The Judges will put their winning streak on the line next week, with a non-conference showdown with #21 MIT on Tuesday afternoon in Cambridge before heading to Florida for the 2017 University Athletic Association tournament. Seeding for the UAA championships will be announced on Monday.
Babson hosts Emerson in a NEWMAC match on Saturday at 3 p.m.