BABSON PARK, Mass. – Visiting MIT pulled out a pivotal tie-break win at second doubles and then took five of six singles matches to defeat host Babson College, 7-2, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis contest at the Farwell Courts on Tuesday afternoon.
With the win, the Engineers remained unbeaten in league play at 6-1 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC. Meanwhile, Babson tasted defeat for just the second time this season, dropping the Beavers' mark to 6-2 overall and 3-2 against conference foes.
The two teams traded doubles wins to begin the afternoon, as MIT juniors Lauren Quisenberry (Corpus Christi, Texas) and Julia Hsu (Knoxville, Tenn.) teamed up for an 8-4 win at number one and Babson sophomore Minte Tamoshunas (Pittsford, N.Y.) and senior captain Victoria Lorido (Miami, Fla.) joined forces on an 8-6 triumph at number three – their eighth straight win to start the season. The Beavers' combination of sophomore Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and first-year Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) then rallied from a 7-4 deficit to tie their match at number two, but the Engineers' duo of Sunnie Lampl (Bluemont, Va.) and sophomore Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) managed to prevail in the tie-breaker, 9-8 (5) to give the visitors a 2-1 lead.
MIT carried that momentum into singles play, winning five of the six matches – all in straight sets. Quisenberry recorded a 6-2, 6-2 victory at number one, sophomore Vynnie (Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) added a 6-3, 6-2 win at two, Dutt prevailed, 7-5, 6-1, at three, first-year Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) secured a 6-4, 6-1 win at five, and Lampl added a 6-4, 6-0 victory at six.
Babson received its second point of the afternoon at number four singles, where Ferraro won in a third-set superbreaker, 6-1, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8).