CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Sophomores Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) both won in doubles and singles as second-seeded Babson College defeated third-seeded Wellesley College, 5-2, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis semifinal match on Saturday at the duPont Tennis Courts.
With the win, Babson (11-1) advances to the conference championship match for the second consecutive season, while Wellesley sees the fall portion of its schedule come to an end at 8-4.
Just as it had in the regular season match between the teams, the Beavers jumped out to a 2-1 lead after doubles. Akgul and Quenard defeated juniors Andjela Stojkovic (Victoria, Britsh Columbia) and Carina Chen (Hon Kong), 8-2, at number one, and first-years Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) and Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) posted an 8-4 victory over fellow first-years Rosanne Hu (Troy, Texas) and Tristan Lorich (New York, N.Y.) at number three.
The Blue got on the board at number two as sophomore Emily Olson (La Jolla, Calif.) and first-year Justine Huang (Coto de Caza, Calif.) topped senior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) and junior Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) of Babson, 8-4.
Olson pulled Wellesley even in the match with a 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Paolino at number four singles before the Green and White picked up three straight victories to close out the match. Akgul was a 6-3, 6-4 winner over Chen at number one, Quenard breezed to a 6-2, 6-1 decision over Stojkovic at number three and Weick stayed unbeaten on the year with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Lorich at number five.
Babson will look to win its second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament championship when it travels to top-seeded MIT on Sunday at 1 p.m.
• Sunday's championship match appearance will mark the first time in program history that the Beavers have reached the NEWMAC Tournament finals in back-to-back seasons.
• The Green and White has now won three straight matches against Wellesley going back to its NEWMAC Tournament semifinal victory last season.
• With Saturday's win, Weick is now 11-0 in singles this season and has won 12 consecutive matches going back to the end of last year.
• The Beavers have won four straight conference tournament matches and are 12-2 in the month of October over the last two seasons.