October 12, 2013

Match Preview: Women's Tennis at Mount Holyoke

Women's Tennis at Mount Holyoke
Saturday, October 12—1:00pm
Mount Holyoke College Tennis Courts—South Hadley, Mass.

THE SERIES:
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 28th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1988-89 season. The Beavers hold an 18-9 edge all-time, and have won nine straight meetings over the Lyons going back to 2007.

WHAT'S AT STAKE:
Babson and Mount Holyoke enter Saturday's regular season finale tied for fourth place, having both clinched berths in the six-team NEWMAC Tournament which gets underway with a pair of quarterfinal matches on Tuesday, October 23. The winner of Saturday's match will earn the fourth seed in the league tournament and host the loser, who will be seeded fifth, in a rematch.

LAST MEETING:
Babson rolled to three easy wins in doubles and then won five of the six singles matches for an 8-1 victory over Mount Holyoke on October 20, 2012 in South Hadley, Mass.

LAST MOUNT HOLYOKE WIN:
The Lyons cruised to a 7-2 victory in the NEWMAC opener for both teams on September 9, 2006 in South Hadley, Mass.

SCOUTING THE LYONS:
Mount Holyoke (6-4, 4-3 NEWMAC) has won three straight matches following an 8-1 victory over Springfield on Tuesday. Sarah Anischik and Margaux Hollschutz each won their third straight singles matches and the duo of Maya Sayarath and Holloschutz picked up their third consecutive triumph at number two doubles in the rout. Eman Malik is 10-2 this fall, including a 6-1 record against conference foes, at number five singles, while Anischik and Holloschutz have each collected seven singles wins. Sayarath and Holloschutz lead MHC with six doubles victories.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (7-5, 4-3 NEWMAC) rebounded from a loss against Wheaton on Tuesday with a 9-0 victory over Clark on Wednesday evening. Sophomore Tori Paolino won her fourth straight match at number five singles and teamed up with junior Alexis Ferraro to earn their second consecutive win at number two doubles. Paolino and senior Sarah Whitaker have combined to go 18-4 in singles play this fall, while Ferraro and classmate Alex Freeman have contributed eight wins apiece. Paolino and Ferraro have each won eight doubles matches to lead the Beavers.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Beavers are 27-14 (.659) in conference singles matches this season.

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