October 23, 2013

Match Preview--NEWMAC Quarterfinals: No. 4 Women's Tennis vs. No. 5 Mount Holyoke

2013 NEWMAC Championship--Quarterfinals
No. 4 Women's Tennis vs. No. 5 Mount Holyoke
Wednesday, October 23—2:30pm
Farwell Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES:
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the 29th time on Wednesday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1988-89 season. The Beavers hold a 19-9 edge all-time, and have won ten straight meetings over the Lyons going back to 2007.

POSTSEASON HISTORY:
Babson and Mount Holyoke will meet for the fifth time in NEWMAC Tournament history on Wednesday, with the Beavers having won all four previous meetings in the quarterfinal round. Most recently, the Green and White defeated the Lyons 5-1 on October 20, 2010 in Babson Park.

WHAT'S AT STAKE:
The winner of Wednesday's quarterfinal match will advance to the NEWMAC semifinals and a date with top-seeded MIT on Saturday at 11:30am at Wellesley College.

LAST MEETING:
Babson jumped out to a 3-0 led after doubles and wrapped up a 7-2 victory over Mount Holyoke with singles wins from senior Sarah Whitaker and juniors Alex Freeman, Alexis Ferraro and Courtney Fischer to wrap up the regular season on October 12, 2013 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 (6-5, 4-4 NEWMAC) enters the tournament off a 7-2 loss to Babson, which snapped its three-match winning streak back on October 12. Sophomore Margaux Holloschutz and senior Eman Malik earned victories for the Lyons at third and fifth singles, respectively. Malik is 11-2 this fall, which includes a 7-1 mark against conference foes at number five singles. Holloschutz has gone 8-3 in singles play and won six of her eight league matches at number three, while junior Sarah Anischik has gone 7-4 at number four singles with four wins against NEWMAC opponents. Holloschutz, Anischik and senior Maya Sayarath each have six doubles wins to lead Mount Holyoke.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (8-5, 5-3 NEWMAC) enters the tournament having won two straight matches following its 7-2 victory over Mount Holyoke back on October 12. The Beavers dropped just seven games over three doubles matches and won three of their four singles matches in straight sets to wrap up a fourth-place conference finish. Whitaker has gone 10-2 this fall in singles, including a 6-0 mark against NEWMAC opponents, while sophomore Tori Paolino is 12-5 on the year in singles play and has gone 6-2 against league foes. Ferraro is second on the team with 11 singles wins and is tied with Paolino for 11 wins in doubles action.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Beavers are 6-8 all-time in the NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal round, but have won five of their last seven matches since 2004.

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