NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team had a successful opening day at the New England Intercollegiate Women's Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) as four of its five teams collected first-round victories on Friday afternoon.
The tournament, which is broken into four 16-team brackets, sees pairings from each team take on another school in a doubles match and two singles matches with the winner being decided by a best-two-out-of-three format.
Senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey), who are seeded second in the Gail Smith A draw, survived a tough opening match against the duo of Elysa Kohrs and Victora Tam of nationally-ranked MIT to advance to the quarterfinals. Akgul defeated Kohrs, 6-2, 6-4, and Freeman edged Tam, 6-4, 6-2 to secure a 2-1 victory.
Senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.), who have advanced to the quarterfinals in each of the last two seasons, started the weekend with a 2-1 win over the Simmons College duo of Theresa Reinhard and Meghan Cokely in the Gail Smith B draw. After collecting an 8-2 triumph in the doubles match, both singles matches went three sets with Paolino clinching the win by rallying for a 1-6, 6-3, 1-0 (10-3) win.
Sophomore Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) and first-year Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) cruised to a 3-0 sweep of Melanie Thulin and Ariann Shemms of Springfield College in the Chris Davis C bracket. The Beavers' duo had little trouble in an 8-2 doubles victory before rolling to a pair of easy wins in singles play.
Senior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year Ashland Stansbury (Hingham, Mass.) earned the Green and White's final win of the day over the Smith College pairing of Jimin Amanda Lee and Katherine Hazen in the Chris Davis D draw. After winning 8-2 in doubles, the Babson duo dropped just three total games in its two singles matches to complete the 3-0 sweep.
The only Beavers' team that was unable to advance to the quarterfinals were first-years Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland), who fell to Lilly Bondy and Kaysee Orozco of Middlebury College, 2-1, in the Gail Smith A bracket. Despite the loss, Quenard won her 11th singles match of the year after dropping the first set, 2-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-2).
Babson returns to the courts on Saturday morning as quarterfinal action gets underway at 9 a.m.