Women's Tennis vs. Springfield
Saturday, September 5—1 p.m.
Farwell Courts—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Springfield will meet for the 23rd time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers are 18-4 all-time against the Pride and have won 17 straight in the series going back to 2000.
The third-seeded Beavers built a 2-1 lead after doubles and got singles victories from Alex Freeman '15 and sophomores Yagmur Akgul and Jenny Quenard to defeat sixth-seeded Springfield 5-1 in a NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal on October 21, 2014, in Springfield.
LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
The Pride defeated Babson 9-1 on September 18, 1999, in Springfield.
SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Springfield (0-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) returns seven players from a squad that finished 6-11 overall and 3-5 in conference play last season. Sophomore Rachel Litchfield led the Pride with eight singles victories and tied for second on the team with six dobules wins. Senior Ariana Shemms, who won a team-best eight doubles matches, and junior Kelsey Whelpley both went 7-8 in singles play for Springfield, which made just its second NEWMAC Tournament appearance since 2006 last fall.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (2-0, 0-0 NEWMAC) is coming off a 9-0 victory over Endicott on Wednesday afternoon. Seven different players recorded at least one win for the second match in a row for the Beavers, who have dropped just four games in six doubles matches this season. Akgul, senior Tori Paolino, junior Dina Weick, sophomore Kylie Kam and first-year Eleni Gianelos are all both 2-0 in singles and doubles thus far for the Green and White. Sophomore Claire Foster has won a pair of matches at number five singles, while first-year Chloe Brandt is 2-0 playing alongside Akgul at second doubles.
The Beavers have won eight consecutive NEWMAC openers going back to 2007.
PLENTY OF SUCCESS
Paolino has dominated against the Pride over her first three seasons, winning a pair of singles matches in straight sets to go along with a perfect 3-0 mark in doubles.
NO PLACE LIKE HOME
The Beavers have defeated five consecutive conference foes at Farwell Courts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
A victory on Saturday would help Babson reach 3-0 for the ninth straight season dating back to 2007.