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Trinity Men's Tennis Beaten At Babson In Close Contest To Open Dual-Match Play

Trinity Men's Tennis Beaten At Babson In Close Contest To Open Dual-Match Play

Needham, Mass. - Freshman Tyler Zhang (Southborough, Mass.) won the clinching match, 6-2, 6-4 at fifth singles to lead the Babson College Beavers to a 5-4 victory over the visiting Trinity College Bantams in men's tennis action this afternoon at Boston Sports Club.  Trinity rookie Ross DeRose (Buffalo, N.Y.) won in singles and doubles and pull the Bantams to within a point at 4-3 in the Bantam's 2018-19 dual-match opener. Babson improves to 4-0.  Both teams head West on St. Patrick's Day weekend for their next match against the same opponent, with the Beavers playing at Whittier on Saturday, March 16 at 5 p.m. and Trinity playing the Poets on Monday, March 18 at 1 p.m.

Trailing, 1-0, after the first completed doubles match, the Bantams took the next two doubles points.  Trinity senior co-captain Chris Caskin (Potomac, Md.) and first-year Dylan Powell (Warwick, Bermuda) won, 8-5, at second doubles, followed by a hard-fought, 8-6 win by DeRose and junior Courtland Boyle (Pembroke, Bermuda) at the top of the doubles ladder.  Babson responded with three wins in a row to open singles play, and took a 4-2 lead in the match, before DeRose bested Beaver sophomore Andre Libnic (Coral Gables, Fla.) in an incredibly close contest, 7-6 (7-2), 2-6, 7-6 (7-2), at second singles.  Zhang collected the clinching point of the match with his straight-sets victory over Caskin at fifth singles, while Bantam rookie Charles Kilborn (Winnetka, Ill.) rallied back from a 6-0 setback in the first set to win, 6-4, in the second and, 6-2, in the third and earn the win at sixth singles in first collegiate dual match.