BABSON PARK, Mass. – Senior tri-captains Ashley Lake (Brockton, Mass.), Rebecca Stone (Dover, Mass.), and Monica Mercer (Woodinville, Wash.) combined for three of their team's eight points to lead host Babson College to an 8-1 victory over visiting Salve Regina at the Farwell Courts on Friday afternoon. With the win, the Beavers finish the year with an overall record of 13-7 – the program's best mark in three years.
Playing in the final match of their collegiate careers, Babson's three seniors spearheaded their team's victory with three overpowering performances. In doubles play, Stone and Lake teamed up for a dominating 8-0 win at number two to complete their undefeated season together with a record of 9-0. Then in singles play, Stone cruised, 6-1, 6-1, in her match at number three while Mercer coasted, 6-2, 6-0, at number five.
Overall this season, Stone finished with a final singles record of 16-7, Mercer wrapped up with a singles mark of 10-4, and Lake posted an overall doubles record of 19-3 while playing with three different partners throughout the year.
Also adding wins for the Beavers on Friday were first-year Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and sophomore Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.), who joined forces on an 8-0 win at first doubles while also posting straight-set victories in the top two singles spots. Junior Victoria Lorido (Miami, Fla.) and first-year Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) also prevailed in their match at number three doubles, and first-year Minte Tamoshunas (Pittsford, N.Y.) rounded out the Babson scoring with a 6-2, 6-2 win at fourth singles.
First-year Erica Shay (Ashburnham, Mass.) posted the lone win for Salve Regina (8-7), as she earned a point at number six singles after Babson first-year Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.) was forced to retire.