Ferraro, Paolino Advance On First Day At NEWITT
SOUTH HADLEY, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team stepped away from its dual-match schedule on Friday to take part in the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) at Mount Holyoke College.
The tournament featured two separate brackets - the Gail Smith 'A' Flight and the Chris Davis 'B' Flight. Each round of both brackets featured teams of two from each school facing off in one doubles match and two singles matches, with the squad winning at least two of the three matchups advancing.
Junior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.), who were seeded second in the Chris Davis 'B' Flight after a run to the quarterfinals last season, cruised to a 3-0 victory over sophomore Kathryn Dernbach (Naples, Fla.) and first-year Hana Foe (Tempe, Ariz.) of Smith in their Round of 32 matchup. Ferraro and Paolino picked up an 8-0 shutout win in doubles before rolling to a pair of straight-set triumphs in singles action.
Senior Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.) and junior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.) were also seeded in the Davis Bracket, but unfortunately suffered a first-round setback, falling 2-1 to sophomores Alana Peters (Kenilworth, Ill.) and Ava Soleimany (Newport Beach, Calif.) of MIT. Whitaker earned the pairing's lone point, topping Peters 6-4, 6-3 in singles, while Fischer fell 6-2, 6-1 to Soleimany in the deciding match after the Engineers had claimed an 8-5 win in the doubles match.
In the Gail Smith 'A' Bracket, the Beavers' top duo of junior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) dropped a 3-0 decision to second-seeded senior Kara Shoemaker (Princeton, N.J.) and junior Rebecca Curran (Rumford, R.I.) of Williams. After falling 8-2 in doubles, Freeman was beaten 6-0, 6-2 by Shoemaker, while Weick struggled in a 6-0, 6-1 loss to Curran in singles play.
Ferraro and Paolino will open up second-round action on Saturday morning while both of Babson's other pairings will take part in consolation matches at both Mount Holyoke College and Amherst College. All matches will begin at 9 a.m. with the quarterfinals to follow in the afternoon.