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Women's Tennis Places Two Teams In NEWITT Finals

Women's Tennis Places Two Teams In NEWITT Finals

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.

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