NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team continued its stellar play at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) as the pairings of sophomore Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) and first-year Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) reached the finals of the Chris Davis C bracket, while senior Courtney Fischer (Greenwich, Conn.) and first-year Ashland Stansbury (Hingham, Mass.) won a pair of matches to earn a spot in Sunday's Chris Davis D bracket championship match.
Additionally, senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) reached the semifinals of the Gail Smith A draw before falling to the Wiliams College duo of Linda Shin and Juli Raventos.
Foster and Weick opened the day with a 2-1 quarterfinal victory over Endicott College. After collecting an 8-4 win in the doubles match, Foster clinched the Beavers' second point with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over Amy Heacox. The duo was then forced to rally in the semifinals, erasing a 1-0 deficit to Avery Wagman and Jenna Peng of Amherst College after doubles to advance to Sunday's championship match. Foster won a first-set tiebreaker on her way to a 7-6 (7-5), 6-3 victory over Wagman, while Weick recorded a 6-4, 7-5 win over Peng.
Fischer and Stansbury started their day with a 2-1 win over the pairing of Rachael Downey and Caroline Khoury of Simmons College in the quarterfinals. After an 8-3 triumph in doubles, Fischer clinched the match with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Khoury. The Babson duo opened its semifinal match against Trinity College with an 8-6 win over Emily Curtis and Sara Curtis, and Fischer again secured the match with a 6-4, 6-2 triumph over Sydney Schonefeld.
Akgul and Freeman became the third Beavers' pairing to reach the semifinals, defeating the Bantams, 2-1, in their opening match of the day. After an 8-4 win in doubles action, Akgul won her seventh consecutive singles match, 6-1, 6-4. Unfortunately, their run came to an end with a 2-1 loss to the Ephs in their afternoon semifinal match, despite Akgul taking down Linda Shin, who won the ITA New England Championship last month, 6-4, 6-2.
Senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.), took a 1-0 lead after doubles but were unable to hold on in a 2-1 loss to Megan Adamo and Simone Aiskis of Amherst in the quarterfinals.
Foster and Weick will take on Katie Paradies and Shannon Gibbs of Middlebury College for the C flight title, while Stansbury and Fischer will face Katie Crowley and Han Le of Simmons for the D flight crown. Both matches get underway at 10 a.m. at Mount Holyoke College.