Top-seeded MIT Eliminates Women's Tennis, 5-0, In NEWMAC Semifinals

WELLESLEY, Mass. -- Top-seeded MIT posted a 5-0 win over fourth-seeded Babson in the semifinals of the 2013 NEWMAC Women's Tennis Championships on Saturday at Wellesley. The Engineers advance to tomorrow's 1 p.m. championship match where they will face second-seeded Wellesley.

The Engineers grabbed a 3-0 advantage after a competitive doubles session. Michelle Dutt and Krystal Lai put MIT on the board first, with an 8-4 win at three over Babson's duo of senior Sarah Whitaker (Dellwood, Minn.) and junior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.). MIT's Elysa Kohrs and Victoria Tam then made it 2-0 Engineers, topping junior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.), 8-4 at two. Lauren Quisenberry and Julia Hsu then sealed the MIT doubles sweep with an 8-5 win over Babson's top pairing of junior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.).

In singles, MIT needed just two victories to seal the win. Kohrs pushed the MIT team score to 4-0 with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Whitaker at two, and then Tam sealed the victory with a 6-4, 6-3, win over Weick at three.

When the match was decided, Ferraro and Paolino had each won the opening set at number four and five singles, respectively, while MIT led at number one and number singles.

Babson wraps up the fall portion of its season at 9-6.

Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Wellesley College.

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