NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team got off to a strong start on the opening day of the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) as three of the Beavers' four doubles teams reached the second round and two advanced to the third round on the opening day of play at Smith College.
First-years Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) and Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) rolled to an 8-1 win in their first round match, and then picked up an 8-6 victory over Joanna Booth and Camilla Trapness of Amherst in the second round. Sophomores Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland), who were seeded second in the 64-team draw, received a first-round bye and then cruised into the third round with an 8-1 win over Meg Cokeley and Theresa Reinhard of Simmons.
Senior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) and junior Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) won their opening match, 8-0, but were cut down by Maya Hart and Korina Neveux of Williams, 8-3, in the Round of 32. Sophomores Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) bounced back from a first-round loss against the tournament's third overall seed to defeat Adriana Ishaq and Michelle Lehat of Brandeis, 8-2, in the consolation bracket.
First-year Alexandra Blizard (Dover, Mass.), who was playing alongside Charlotte Scott of Williams, dropped her first-round match and will begin play in the consolation draw on Saturday morning.
The tournament continues with play beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday morning.