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Men's tennis opens season with big victory over Babson

WATERVILLE, Maine -- Vlad Murad won at second singles and first doubles to help the Colby College men's tennis team open the fall season with an impressive 8-1 victory over Babson College on Sunday.


Babson (1-2) finished last season ranked 14th in the Northeast Region, while the Mules (1-0) were ranked 18th.

"We  have been working very hard at practice on our doubles and especially being very fundamentally sound and doing the simple things well," Colby head coach Jason Cohen said. "I feel we were able to execute those things today, which led to a doubles sweep and certainly set the tone for the rest of the match."
Murad and Carl Reid took an 8-1 win over Alberto De Mendiola and Dan Levitan at first doubles. Luis Gonzalez Kompalic earned his first collegiate victory by joining forces with junior Jeremy Mendoza for an 8-3 win at third doubles. The closest match was Cam Hillier and Shaw Speer teaming up for an 8-6 win at the second spot.
"It was some of the best doubles we have played top to bottom since I have been here at Colby," Cohen said. "I know it was a huge win for our confidence to beat a team convincingly that beat us last season."
Scott Altmeyer and Zale Shah also earned their first collegiate wins for Colby. Altmeyer cruised to an easy 6-1, 6-1 win at third singles to give the Mules a 4-0 lead. Shah had to battle for his first victory, taking a 5-7, 6-2, (11-9 super tie-breaker) win at fourth singles.
Murad clinched the match at 5-0 with his 6-0, 6-1 win at the second spot. Cam Hillier, back after missing last season due to injury, took a thrilling 6-3, 4-6, (16-14) win at fifth singles. Shaw Speer won 6-0, 6-0 at the sixth spot.
Colby two-time All-American Carl Reid had a tough time in the first set in losing 6-0. He rebounded with a 6-3 win in the second set, but then fell 16-14 in the super tie-breaker to De Mendiola.
The Mules will compete in the Connecticut College Tournament next Saturday and Sunday.
"The team is excited for what we believe we can accomplish this season," Cohen said. "This is a great step in the right direction, but we still have plenty of work to do to reach our goals."