SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico—Senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) and first-year Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) both won a pair of singles matches as the 13th-ranked Babson College women's tennis team split a pair of contests against Division II foes to open its spring schedule on Tuesday afternoon. The Beavers fell to Augustana (S.D.) College, 6-3, in their morning match before rebounding with an 8-1 victory over the University of Sioux Falls.
Babson, which moved into the national rankings for the first time in program history in late October, is now 15-4 overall, and just one win short of the school record for victories in a season. Augustana, which ranked fifth in the Central region, is now 12-2, while Sioux Falls is 5-5 on the year.
The Green and White got off to a slow start against the Vikings and trailed 3-0 after doubles for the first time this season. Freeman and senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) lost 8-6 at number one, first-years Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) and Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) fell 8-3 at number two, and Foster and junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) were beaten 8-6 at number three.
Babson rallied back to split the singles matches with a pair of three-set triumphs. Freeman breezed to a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number one, while Ferraro and Foster both split the first two sets before winning the decisive third set. Ferraro defeated Augustana's Berkley Darr, 6-1, 1-6, 6-2 at number four, and Foster collected a 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-8) win over Jenna Helleberg at number five for the team's final point.
The Beavers had little trouble against the Cougars, going in front 2-1 after doubles before sweeping each of the six singles matches in straight sets. Freeman and Ferraro cruised to an 8-1 victory at first doubles, while Kam and Quenard collected an 8-2 victory at number two. Paolino and Foster nearly completed the sweep before falling 9-8 (7-4) to the Cougars' duo of Abby Seigenthaler and Kara Bunkers.
Quenard and Foster dropped just one game apiece in identical 6-0, 6-1 results at second and fourth singles, respectively, while Freeman eased past Joey Bosch of Sioux Falls, 6-1, 6-1, at number one. Paolino won 6-3, 6-4 at number three, sophomore Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) collected a 6-0, 6-2 triumph at number five, and Kam wrapped up the day with a 6-1, 6-4 result at number six.
Babson returns to action when it travels to Brandeis on Tuesday, March 31, at 3:30 p.m.