Women's Tennis at Smith
Sunday, September 13—1 p.m.
Smith Tennis Facility—Northampton, Mass.
Babson and Smith will meet for the 28th time since 1989 on Sunday afternoon with the Pioneers holding a 15-12 edge in the all-time series. The Beavers have dominated the serioes as of late though, winning eight consecutive matches since 2007 and 12 of the last 15 between the two teams going back to 2001.
Three players, including sophomores Yagmur Akgul and Kylie Kam, won in both singles and doubles as Babson defeated Smith, 8-1, on September 14, 2014, in Babson Park. The Beavers built a 3-0 lead after doubles and dropped just three games on their way to winning in straight sets at first through fifth singles.
LAST SMITH WIN
The Pioneers outlasted Babson, 5-4, in the NEWMAC quarterfinals on October 28, 2006, in Norton, Mass.
SCOUTING THE PIONEERS
Smith (1-1, 0-1 NEWMAC) has been idle since a 7-2 loss to Wellesley in its conference opener last Saturday. First-year Noa Dubin picked up a straight-set win at number one singles and junior Margaret Anne Smith rallied to win after dropping the first set at third singles for the Pioneers. Dubin and Smith are both 2-0 on the year in singles play and have split a pair of matches at number one doubles. First-year Annina Van Riper is also 1-1 this fall at number three doubles.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (5-0, 2-0 NEWMAC) continued its early-season dominance with a 9-0 win at Clark on Saturday afternoon. Five different players were victorious in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who have dropped just one point in their first five matches. Akgul, who has now won 16 consecutive singles matches going back to last season, is one of five players currently at 5-0 this season. Akgul, Kam and first-years Chloe Brandt and Eleni Gianelos are all unbeaten in doubles this fall.
Playing alongside Brandt on Saturday, Kam pushed her career mark at number three doubles to 12-0 with an 8-0 victory.
MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Senior Tori Paolino needs just one more doubles win to reach 50 for her career, which would put her in seventh place on the program's all-time list.
BACK AT NUMBER ONE
Akgul, who played at number one doubles for the first time this season on Saturday, went 16-0 at first doubles last season playing alongside Alex Freeman '15.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
A win on Sunday would give the Beavers their third 3-0 start in conference play since 2011.