BABSON PARK, Mass.—In a rematch of last season's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship match, visiting MIT got out to a 2-1 lead after doubles and defeated Babson College, 7-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Farwell Courts.
With its first loss of the 2015 campaign, Babson is now 6-1 overall and 3-1 in conference play, while MIT improves to 5-0 overall and 5-0 in the NEWMAC.
The duos of senior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) and junior Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) and first-years Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) and Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) were both defeated 8-2 at number two and three doubles, respectively. The Beavers got on the board in the final match though, as sophomores Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland,), who was making her season debut, rallied for an 8-6 win at number one.
Weick was the lone bright spot for the Green and White in singles play, recovering from a first-set deficit for a 1-6, 6-3, 6-2 triumph at number five. Akgul was defeated in dual-match singles play for the first time in her career, falling 6-4, 6-4 at number one, while Gianelos dropped a 6-4, 6-3 decision at number two.
Both Babson and MIT will take a break from NEWMAC play to compete in the ITA New England Championships starting on Friday at Middlebury College.
• Both the regular-season and conference tournament matches between Babson and MIT last season ended 5-4 with each team winning once.
• Akgul, who is now 21-1 in her career in dual-match singles play, moved to 23-0 all-time in dual-matches doubles action.
• The loss was just the second at home for Babson during the fall portion of its schedule over the last two seasons.