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Match Preview: No. 28 Women's Tennis at No. 22 Tufts

Match Preview: No. 28 Women's Tennis at No. 22 Tufts

No. 28 Women's Tennis at No. 22 Tufts
Thursday, March 31—3 p.m.
Voute Courts—Medford, Mass.

Tufts and Babson will meet for just the fifth time since 1994 on Thursday afternoon, and just the third time since 2009 with the Jumbos holding a 4-0 edge in the all-time series.

Sophomore Yagmur Akgul won in both singles and doubles, but Tufts rallied from a 2-1 deficit after doubles to defeat Babson, 6-3, on October 15, 2014, in Babson Park. Akgul and Alex Freeman '15 were 8-4 winners at first doubles, while sophomores Jenny Quenard and Kylie Kam posted an 8-5 victory at number two doubles.

No. 22 Tufts (3-1) had its three-match winning streak snapped in a 6-3 loss at third-ranked Pomona-Pitzer last Thursday. Sophomore Lauren Louks and first-year Mina Karamercan won 8-5 at number one doubles, and Karamercan and fellow first-year Tomo Iwasaki picked up victories at second and fourth singles for the Jumbos, who were facing their third straight ranked opponent. Louks and Karamercan have won five straight doubles matches, while Iwasaki and Karamercan have combined to go 7-1 in singles play in the team's first four matches this spring.

No. 28 Babson (11-3) opened the spring portion of its schedule with a 9-0 loss to seventh-ranked Middlebury last Friday. Sophomore Claire Foster forced her singles matches at number five to three sets before falling 6-4, 5-7, 3-2. Akgul is 11-3 overall and 10-2 at number one singles, and first-year Eleni Gianelos owns a 10-3 mark in all singles matches this season. Akgul is 15-4 overall in doubles, including a 5-1 record with Quenard, while Gianelos and fellow first-year Chloe Brandt are both 15-5 this season in doubles.

The Beavers, who are 1-3 against nationally-ranked opponents this year, will matchup with three ranked foes over the next four days.