Women's Tennis

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Women's Tennis Splits Against Augustana (S.D.) and Sioux Falls In Puerto Rico

Women's Tennis Splits Against Augustana (S.D.) and Sioux Falls In Puerto Rico

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.