Wheaton finishes regular season with loss at Babson, clinches third seed

BABSON PARK, MA- The Wheaton College men's tennis team finished out its regular season slate with a 5-3 setback at Babson College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play at Farwell Courts on Saturday.

The Lyons completed their NEWMAC schedule with a 3-2 record and take a 10-6 overall mark into this week's league tournament. As the third seed, they will host number-six Clark University on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Babson, which has one league match remaining, improved to 9-8 and 4-0.

Wheaton took a 2-1 advantage into singles action thanks to a pair of narrow doubles victories. Sophomores Harry Altman (Riverdale, NY/The Dwight School) and Brian Krantz (Milford, CT/Joseph A. Foran) combined on a 9-7 triumph in the third position, while senior Nii Manfoi Davies (Town & Country, MO/The Principia) and junior Kyle Hudgins (Uxbridge, MA/Uxbridge) notched a 9-8 victory at two.

In the top spot, junior James Little (Mount Desert, ME/Mount Desert Island) and freshman Neall Oliver (Portland, ME/Deering) lost by an 8-5 final.

Babson captured four of the five singles matches that were played to completion to cap its comeback. Altman corralled his team-leading 13th victory of the season in the fourth position, earning a quick 6-0, 6-2 win. However, four teammates fell in straight sets.