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NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 3 Women's Tennis vs. No. 6 Springfield

NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 3 Women's Tennis vs. No. 6 Springfield

2016 NEWMAC Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 3 Women's Tennis vs. No. 6 Springfield
Wednesday, October 19—2:30 p.m.
Farwell Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES

Babson and Springfield will meet for the 25th time on Wednesday in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers are 20-4 all-time against the Pride, which includes 19 straight wins going back to 2000.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
The Beavers will take on Springfield for just the third time in NEWMAC Tournament history on Wednesday. The Green and White defeated the Pride in the quarterfinals in both 2005 and 2014.

LAST MEETING
Babson swept all three doubles points and won all six singles matches in straight sets on its way to defeating the Pride, 9-0, in the NEWMAC opener for both teams on September 3 in Springfield.

LAST SPRINGFIELD WIN
The Pride topped Babson 8-1 on September 18, 1999, in Springfield.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
Springfield (7-5, 3-5 NEWMAC) enters its fourth straight NEWMAC Tournament coming off a 5-4 win over Johnson & Wales last Wednesday. First-year Cara Freadman was victorious at both number three doubles and sixth singles for the Pride, which led 2-1 after doubles. Fredman is 7-1, sophomore Emily Etter has gone 7-4 and junior Rachel Litchfield is 6-5 this fall in singles play. Freadman and Etter are both 4-3 in doubles, while senior Rachel London and sphomore Melissa Parish lead the team with five doubles victories apiece.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (9-2, 6-2 NEWMAC), which is making its 22nd consecutive NEWMAC Tournament appearance, wrapped up dual-match play with a 6-3 win over Mount Holyoke on October 8. Junior Claire Foster and first-years Tatiana Ramirez and Emily Roeper all won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who led 3-0 after doubles. Junior Yagmur Akgul is 11-2 overall and 8-0 at number one singles, Foster is 11-3 and Ramirez is 12-4 with nine dual match wins. Senior Dina Weick is 13-2 in doubles and 9-2 when plying alongside Akgul, who is second on the squad with 12 wins.

NEWITT SUCCESS
Foster and Ramirez reached the semifinal round of the B bracket, while Akgul and Weick won their final three matches to claim the A draw consolation title over the weekend at the New England Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament.

LOOKING TO ADVANCE
Babson is 8-8 all-time in NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal matches but has won seven of its last nine going back to 2004. The Green and White has reached the conference semifinals in six consecutive seasons.

MOVING UP THE CHARTS
Akgul is now tied for eighth on the program's all-time list with 93 wins. She is also tied for fifth in school history with 45 singles victories.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have won eight straight matches at home during the fall portion of its schedule.

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