Match Preview: NEWMAC Semifinal, No. 3 Women's Tennis vs. No. 2 Wellesley--10/27/12

WOMEN'S TENNIS NEWMAC SEMIFINALS
#3 BABSON vs. #2 WELLESLEY
Saturday, October 27 3:00pm—Wheaton College (Norton, Mass.)

THE SERIES: Tuesday's match will be the 19th meeting between these two local rivals dating back to 1998 with Wellesley holding a 15-3 advantage. The Blue have won 11 straight matches over Babson since 2004, including three wins in NEWMAC Semifinal matchups.

LAST MEETING: Babson and Wellesley met just over a week ago as the Blue took two of three doubles matches and claimed four singles victories to earn a 6-3 triumph over visiting Babson on October 16. Senior Victoria Lorido and sophomore Minte Tamoshunas picked up a win for the Beavers at number three doubles, and sophomore Alex Freeman, at number one singles, and Tamoshunas at number five singles earned points for Babson.

LAST BABSON WIN: The Beavers picked up a 7-2 win over Wellesley on September 30, 2003 in Babson Park.

WELLESLEY OVERVIEW: The second-seeded Blue (7-2, 6-1 NEWMAC) have won four straight matches after cruising past Springfield 8-1 in their conference finale on Saturday. Sophomore Sojung Lee and first-year Suzanne Barth each went a team-best 6-1 in NEWMAC singles play, while junior Catherine Matulis went 5-1. Lee and junior Diana Granger paired to go 5-1 at number one doubles and  the pairing of sophomore Joyce Chen and junior Erica Choo picked up four wins at number two doubles. Wellesley has won eight straight NEWMAC semifinal matches, and the defending champions enter the weekend looking for their seventh title in the last nine year.

BABSON OVERVIEW: The Beavers (7-3, 4-3 NEWMAC) clinched the tournament's third-seed with an 8-1 win at Mount Holyoke on Saturday afternoon. Tamoshunas is a team-best 6-1 in NEWMAC singles play, while Freeman, sophomore Alexis Ferraro, and first-year Tori Paolino are all 5-2 against conference opponents. Lorido and Tamoshunas won all seven of their NEWMAC doubles matches and are a perfect 10-0 in dual match play this fall. Babson, who is making its third consecutive semifinal appearance, is looking for its first postseason win over Wellesley. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS: The Green and White are 6-9 all-time in NEWMAC tournament play and claimed their only NEWMAC championship in 2003.

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