BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team opened up New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play with a 7-2 victory over visiting Mount Holyoke College Saturday afternoon at Farwell Courts. The Beavers are off to a 4-0 start for the fifth consecutive season, and they have now beaten the Lyons in eight consecutive matches dating back to 2006. Babson got off to a quick start taking two out of three doubles matches and continued their strong play winning five of six singles matches to stay undefeated.
The combination of Rebecca Stone (Dover, Mass.) and Minte Tamoshunas (Pittsford, N.Y.) remained undefeated on the season with an 8-3 victory over Sarah Anischick (Tolland, Conn.) and Maya Sayarath (St. Johnsbury, Vt.) at number two doubles, while the pairing of Monica Mercer (Woodinville, Wash.) and Ashley Lake (Brockton, Mass.) won, 8-5, at number three doubles to put Babson ahead to stay. Mercer and Lake are a perfect 4-0 to start the season.
The Beavers extended their lead when Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.), Stone, Mikaela Stamas (Northborough, Mass.), Tamoshunas, and Mercer collected singles victories. Tamoshunas defeated Ann Elizabeth Konkel (Camp Hill, Pa.), 10-6, in a super breaker to win at number five singles in the only match to extend past two sets on the day. Mount Holyoke's lone victory in singles came from Sayarath, who defeated Babson's Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.) in straight sets, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3.
Mount Holyoke (1-1, 0-1 NEWMAC) will return to action next Friday when they travel to Boston to face Simmons College in a 4:30pm match. Babson will continue their home stand when they meet non-conference foe Emerson College on Wednesday afternoon in a 3:30pm start at Farwell Courts.