NEEDHAM, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team, ranked 28th in the most recent ITA national poll, was defeated by No. 7 Middlebury College, 9-0, in its first match of the spring on Friday night at the Boston Sports Club.
With the loss, Babson is now 11-3 on the year, while Middlebury improves to 4-0.
Sophomores Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) fell 8-5 at number one doubles, while first-years Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) and Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) suffered an 8-4 setback at number two. The Beavers went down 3-0 as senior Tori Paolino (East Orleans, Mass.) and sophomore Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) dropped an 8-2 decision at number three.
Middlebury continued to roll in singles play, winning five of the six matches in straight sets. Sophomore Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) was the lone Babson player to take a set as she rallied to force a decisive third set before falling 6-4, 5-7, 3-2 at number five singles.
Brandt suffered a 6-4, 6-2 loss at fourth singles, while Quenard and Paolino each went down 6-1, 6-0 at second and third singles, respectively.
The Beavers will return to action on Thursday when they travel to Tufts at 3:30 p.m., while Middlebury will take on Point Loma at 6 p.m. in the first of three matches in California on Tuesday.