WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Senior Alexis Ferraro (Coral Gables, Fla.) and sophomore Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) each won in both singles and doubles as 35th-ranked Babson College defeated Colby-Sawyer in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Tennis Tournament on Friday afternoon at the Torrance M. Hunt '44 Tournament Courts.
Babson (16-8), which was playing in its first NCAA Tournament match, tied the 2003-04 squad for the most victories in a single season in program history. Colby-Sawyer, which was making its third straight national tournament appearance, concludes its season at 12-11.
The Beavers got out to a fast start with three easy wins in doubles. Weick and junior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) earned the first point with an 8-3 triumph over the Chargers' duo of first-years Julia Varney (Readfield, Maine) and Lauren Blanchard (Agawam, Mass.) at number three. First-years Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) followed with an 8-2 victory at number two, and Ferraro and fellow senior Alex Freeman (Medfield, Mass.) claimed an 8-2 win at number one.
Weick earned the Green and White's first singles point with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Varney at number six singles. Ferraro then posted a 6-1, 6-0 result over Colby-Sawyer first-year Christine Hill (Wallingford, Conn.) at number four to clinch the win.
Babson led in each of the other four singles contests when the match went final. Freeman took the first set 6-3 at number one, Quenard was in front 6-0, 2-2 at number two, and Paolino led 6-0, 2-0 at number three. Sophomore Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) had won five straight games to forge a 6-3, 3-0 lead at fifth singles.
The Beavers return to action on Saturday when they take on 16th-ranked Skidmore in a second round match starting at 1:30 p.m.
MATCH NOTES: Babson is now 7-4 all-time against Colby-Sawyer and has won each of the last six matches against the Chargers going back to 2000…Freeman now has the fourth-most wins of any player in the program going back to 1994 with 102…Ferraro's two victories on Friday give her 99 wins for her career, good for sixth on the Beavers' all-time list.