Centennial Moments: Women's Programs Compete for MAIAW State Crowns

Centennial Moments: Women's Programs Compete for MAIAW State Crowns

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Prior to the formation of the NEW 6 conference in the fall of 1985, many of the women's athletics programs at Babson College participated in the Massachusetts Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (MAIAW) State Championships.

No program enjoyed more MAIAW State Tournament success than women's tennis, which won two championships in three appearances between 1979-84. Catherine Scholtz '82 was the first Babson individual to be selected in 1979, and the Beavers captured the school's first state title four years later in 1983. Sue O'Connell '86, MBA '91 went 15-0 in singles and the Green and White finished the season with a 14-0 mark to record the only unbeaten season in program history. Led by head coach Ronna Thur, the Beavers went 11-2-1 in 1984 on the way to claiming their second consecutive title. 

While Scholtz was the first individual to compete in the state tournament, women's volleyball became the first team to earn a bid in October of 1979. Overall, they made four state tournament appearances in nine years.

The women's soccer program made its lone MAIAW Tournament appearance in 1983, while field hockey competed in both the 1989 and 1990 championships. Women's basketball also found success in the state tournament earning four bids in a six-year stretch between 1982-87.

Under the guidance of first-year head coach Judy Blinstrub, the Beavers suffered a 69-64 loss to Wellesley in the 1985 MAIAW Tournament final. A year later though, Babson avenged its loss to Blue in the semifinals before capturing the program's first state championship with a 74-66 victory over Framingham State.