NORTON, Mass.- The Babson College women's tennis team saw the fall portion of its 2012-13 season come to an unfortunate end on Saturday, as the third-seeded Beavers fell to second-seeded Wellesley, 5-2, in the semifinals of the 2012 NEWMAC Championship Tournament at Wheaton College's Clark Tennis Courts.
Improving to 8-2, Wellesley will face top seed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) tomorrow afternoon in the championship match at 1:00 p.m. It will mark the Blue's ninth straight appearance in the tournament finals. Meanwhile, Babson finishes its fall slate at 7-4.
Wellesley began today's action with a doubles sweep, winning the first through third positions by scores of 8-3, 8-4 and 8-1, respectively.
Junior Diana Granger (Glencoe, Ill./North Shore Country Day School) and sophomore Sojung Lee (Seoul, Korea/The Lawrenceville School) comprised the top doubles team, while junior Erica Choo (Okemos, Mich./The Bryn Mawr School) and sophomore Joyce Chen (Sunnyvale, Calif./Valley Christian) doubled up Babson sophomore Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla./Palmer Trinity School) and freshman Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass./Nauset Regional) at number two.
In the third slot, sophomore Veronica Lin (Thousand Oaks, Calif./Thousand Oaks) and freshman Suzanne Barth (Kansas City, Mo./Park Hill) allowed just the one game.
Lee provided the Blue with a 4-0 lead after posting a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Paolino in the third singles position.
The Beavers sliced their deficit in half after turning in wins at the first and fifth slots. At the top spot, sophomore Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass./Medfield) downed Granger, 6-1, 6-4, while sophomore Minte Tamoshunas (Pittsford, N.Y./Pittsford Sutherland) registered a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Chen at number five.
A three-set triumph from Barth over Ferraro in the fourth position proved to be the deciding match. Barth won 6-3 in the first set and was blanked 6-0 in the middle set, but she answered with a 6-4 decision in the third and final set.
In the pair of unfinished contests, Choo recorded a 6-4 opening-set win at number two and trailed junior Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn./Saint Paul Academy) 4-2 in the second set. In the sixth position, Wellesley freshman Abby Esrock (Los Angeles, Calif./Hamilton) was holding a 3-2 edge over Babson senior Victoria Lorido (Coral Gables, Fla./Carrolton School of the Sacred Heart) in the third set. Esrock captured the opening set by a 6-4 count and was shut out in the second set.
NOTE: Taken from a Wheaton College press release.