October 25, 2013

NEWMAC Semifinal Preview: Women's Tennis vs. MIT

2013 NEWMAC Championship--Semifinals
No. 4 Women's Tennis vs. No. 1 MIT
Saturday, October 26—11:30am
Wellesley College Outdoor Fields Complex—Wellesley, Mass.

THE SERIES:
Babson and MIT will meet for the 44th time on Saturday morning in a series that dates back to the 1979-80 season. The Beavers are just 5-38 all-time against the Engineers and have dropped six consecutive matches going back to 2009.

POSTSEASON HISTORY:
Babson and MIT will meet for the eighth time in NEWMAC Tournament history on Saturday. The Beavers are 1-6 all-time against the Engineers and have dropped all three of their previous semifinal meetings. The Green and White's lone postseason-victory over MIT came in the 2003 finals, as a 5-2 triumph that helped them claim the program's first championship.

WHAT'S AT STAKE:
The winner of Saturday's match will advance to the NEWMAC finals on Sunday afternoon at 1:00pm to face the winner of the second semifinal between second-seeded Wellesley and third-seeded Wheaton. The tournament winner will earn an automatic berth into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

LAST MEETING:
Junior Alex Freeman and first-year Dina Weick earned a 9-8 (10-3) won at number one doubles, but MIT claimed victories the other two doubles matches and picked up five singles wins en route to a 7-1 triumph over Babson back on September 24 in Babson Park.

LAST BABSON WIN:
The Beavers claimed a pair of victories in doubles play and rode their momentum to wins in five of the six singles matches in a 7-2 triumph over MIT on October 20, 2009 in Babson Park.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS:
Top-seeded MIT (9-0), the defending NEWMAC champions, enters the tournament having dropped just four singles matches and six matches overall so far this season. The Engineers return to dual-match play following a 9-0 romp over Smith on October 12, dropping just a pair of games in singles and three games in doubles action. First-year Wendi Kong has gone 13-2 singles, including seven wins against conference foes, while classmate Elysa Kohrs has won 12 of her 14 singles matches this fall. First-year Krystal Lai is third on the team with nine singles victories, and senior Lauren Quisenberry and sophomore Victoria Tam have each won seven matches. Kohrs and Tam have paired up to go 11-2 in doubles while the duo of Lai and junior Michelle Dutt has gone 9-1 on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Babson (9-5) has won three straight matches following its 6-0 quarterfinal victory over fifth-seeded Mount Holyoke on Wednesday afternoon. The Beavers rolled to three easy wins in doubles, and then got singles triumphs from Freeman, Weick, and sophomore Tori Paolino to close out the match. Paolino is now 13-4 on the year in singles action and 12-5 doubles while senior Sarah Whitaker has won five straight singles matches and is 10-2 on the season. Junior Alexis Ferraro is 11-5 in singles this fall and has gone 12-5 in doubles play. Freeman has won 10 singles matches, all at number one, while combining for six doubles victories against conference opponents with Weick at number one. 
 
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
A win on Saturday would help the Beavers reach the conference title match for the first time since 2003 and give them their ninth season of 10 or more victories since 2001.

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