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Match Preview: No. 39 Women's Tennis vs. Bates

Match Preview: No. 39 Women's Tennis vs. Bates

No. 39 Women's Tennis vs. Bates
Thursday, April 21—2:30 p.m.
Farwell Courts--Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Bates will meet for the 14th straight year on Thursday afternoon. The Beavers are just 3-10 against the Bobcats going back to 2001-02 but snapped a five-match losing streak with a victory last season.

Alex Freeman '15 and sophomores Yagmur Akgul and Jenny Quenard all won in both singles and doubles to help Babson defeat Bates, 7-2, on October 10, 2014, in Lewiston, Maine. The Beavers, who built a 3-0 lead after doubles, also got a victory from sophomore Claire Foster at number six singles to pick up their first win over the Bobcats since 2008.

The Bobcats built a 2-1 lead after doubles and then got singles victories from Elena Mandzhukova and juniors Elizabeth Erbafina and Olivia Voccola to hold off Babson, 5-4, on April 6, 2014, in Babson Park. Alexis Ferraro '15 and senior Tori Paolino each won in singles and also teamed up for a victory at number two doubles.

Bates (4-11) has dropped nine of its last 10 matches after suffering a 9-0 loss to No. 8 Wesleyan on Tuesday. First-year Hannah Londoner won the first set at number six singles before falling 3-6, 6-3, 10-8. Londoner, junior Elizabeth Erbafina and sophomore Maisie Silverman all won their matches in straight sets as part of the Bobcats 5-4 win at Connecticut College on Sunday. Babson will be the ninth nationally-ranked opponent Bates has faced this spring.

No. 39 Babson (13-6) has won two of its last three matches after edging Connecticut College, 5-4, back on April 8. Sophomore Jenny Quenard and first-year Chloe Brandt both win in singles and doubles for the Beavers, who were able to hold on after building a 2-1 lead after doubles. Junior Dina Weick, sophomore Yagmur Akgul and first-year Eleni Gianelos have all won 11 singles matches this season, while sophomore Kylie Kam is 9-3 and classmate Claire Foster has gone 9-4. Brandt and Gianelos are both 18-7 in doubles to go along with Akgul's mark of 15-4.

The Green and White, which is 6-1 on Farwell Courts this season, will play its final three matches of the spring at home.

The Beavers are 73-36, a winning percentage of .670, in dual-match singles this season.