BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Yagmur Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) picked up wins at number one singles and doubles as third-seeded Babson College defeated sixth-seeded Springfield College, 5-0, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament quarterfinal match on Wednesday afternoon at Farwell Courts.
With its third straight win, Babson is 10-2 on the year and advances to the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals for the seventh year in a row. Springfield wraps up the fall portion of its schedule at 7-6.
The Beavers' number two doubles pairing of sophomores Eleni Gianelos (West Chester, Pa.) and Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) collected the first point of the match with an 8-1 victory over Pride first-years Rebecca Link (Norwalk, Conn.) and Cara Freadman (Richmond, Mass.). Juniors Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) followed with an 8-1 triumph over senior Stephanie Foster (Woodbridge, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Etter (Guilford, Conn.) at number three, while Akgul and senior Dina Weick (Woodbridge, Conn.) finished off the sweep with an 8-0 win over Springfield's top duo of senior Rachel London (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) and sophomore Melissa Parrish (Framingham, Mass.).
The Green and White wrapped up the match with a pair of quick singles victories. Akgul was a 6-0, 6-0 winner over London at number one and first-year Tatiana Ramirez (Miami, Fla.) posted a 6-0, 6-1 result over Link at number three.
Babson will now face second-seeded Wellesley in a semifinal match beginning at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday at MIT.
• The Beavers are 21-4 all-time against the Pride, which includes a 3-0 mark in the conference playoffs.
• The Green and White has won eight of its last 10 NEWMAC Tournament quarterfinal matches.
• Babson improved to 6-0 at home this fall with Wednesday's victory.
• The Beavers have now won at least 10 matches in four straight and six of the last seven seasons.