CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—No. 13 MIT rallied from a one-point deficit by winning four of the six singles matches on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 5-4, in a battle of the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference's (NEWMAC) only unbeaten women's tennis teams on Tuesday afternoon at the duPont Courts.
MIT, which has won 24 consecutive conference matches, moves to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Babson drops to 7-1 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
The Beavers picked up the first point of the day when the duo of first-years Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) collected an 8-2 win at number three doubles. MIT came back to even the match when its second pairing of senior Michelle Dutt (Gurnee, Ill.) and first-year Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) took an 8-4 decision.
The Beavers then took a 2-1 lead into singles play in a closely contested match at number one, as senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) defeated the Engineers' duo of sophomore Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) and junior Victoria Tam (Rolling Hills Estates, Calif.), 8-6.
MIT rallied in singles play with the first two decisions to take its first lead of the match. First-year Cindy Liu (Claremont, Calif.) evened things up for the Engineers by taking a 6-3, 6-1 win over Babson senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) before freshman Dora Tzeng (Freemont, Calif.) gave the Engineers their first lead of the day, taking a 6-1, 6-4 decision over first-year Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.).
The Green and White came back to tie the match when Akgul defeated Tam by a score of 6-3, 6-4 at number two. MIT then came up with back-to-back victories to secure a hard-fought victory as sophomore Wendi Kong (Cupertino, Calif.) recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win over junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) at number four before Das scored the match-clinching point with a 6-4, 7-5 triumph over Quenard at number three.
The final match to be decided came at number one, as Freeman and Kohrs went the distance. After dropping the opening set 6-3, Freeman rallied with a 7-5 victory in the second set and then closed out her ninth straight win with a 10-6 triumph in the super-tiebreaker.
Both teams will take a break from NEWMAC play this weekend to compete at the ITA New England Championships at Williams College. Singles play will begin on Friday morning at 9 a.m., while doubles play will get underway on Friday afternoon.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of MIT.