LEWISTON, Maine—Visiting Babson College got off to a quick 3-0 lead after doubles and followed it up by winning four of six singles matches on its way to defeat Bates College, 7-2, in non-conference women's tennis action on Friday afternoon at the Wallach Tennis Courts.
With its third win in the last four matches, Babson is now 10-2 overall, while Bates, which was playing its only dual match of the fall, drops to 0-1.
The Beavers set the tone for the match by dominating all three doubles matches. Senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) got the first point with an 8-2 victory at number three, and first-years Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) followed with an 8-2 triumph at number two. Senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) completed the sweep with an 8-5 win over the Bobcats duo of Elena Mandzhukova (Lisbon, Portugal) and sophomore Elizabeth Erbafina (Sudbury, Mass.) at number one.
Bates got back into the match by taking the first two points in singles play as sophomore Kate Rosenthal (Pittsburgh, Pa.) defeated Paolino, 6-3, 7-5, at number four, and classmate Olivia Voccola (Falmouth, Maine) topped Ferraro, 6-2, 6-3, at number five. The Green and White responded though, closing out the contest with four straight wins.
Akgul, who was making her debut at number one, rolled past Mandzhukova, 6-4, 6-2, while Freeman breezed past Erbafina, 6-4, 6-1, at number two. Quenard had little trouble in a 6-4, 7-6 (7-0) victory at number three and first-year Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) won her third straight match to secure the win, 6-1, 6-2, at number six.
Babson returns to action on Saturday at 1 p.m. when it hosts Mount Holyoke College in its New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) regular-season finale.
MATCH NOTES: The Beavers' win over Bates was their first since 2008, snapping a five-match losing streak in the series…Babson is 33-3 this fall in dual-match doubles play, including a perfect 24-0 mark at number one and number three…Friday's victory marks the first time since the 2008-09 season that the Beavers have reached 10 wins in the fall portion of their schedule.