BABSON PARK, Mass.—Coming off a fourth straight season of double-digit victories, the Babson College women's tennis program enters the 2018 campaign with a blend of youth and experience that is looking to once against challenge for a conference title.
OFF THE TOP
Head coach Jim Berrigan begins his 19th season at the helm of the program with six returners back from a team that finished 10-8 overall and 6-2 in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) play last season. The Beavers also welcome four first-year players to the team and are looking for them to make an immediate impact on the court.
CHANGE OF SEASONS
After playing the majority of its season during the fall, including the NEWMAC Tournament each October, for more than two decades, the league schedule has moved to the spring for the first time in 2018. In addition to three individual tournaments, the Green and White defeated Endicott in its only dual match of the non-traditional season.
SUPER SENIORS READY FOR FINAL RUN
Berrigan's senior class of Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.), Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) have helped the Beavers amass 40 wins, a NEWMAC Tournament championship and the program's first NCAA Tournament berth since arriving on campus in the fall of 2014. Foster won 12 singles and doubles matches last season and owns 61 career victories, while Kam matched her career high with nine singles triumphs last year and enters the season with 59 total wins. Quenard, who has earned three all-conference awards in her career, returns to the court after missing last season. She is 22-12 all-time in singles and owns a 26-14 career mark in doubles.
A 2015 All-NEWMAC singles and doubles honoree, junior Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) has played at second through sixth singles and first, second and third doubles over her first two years at Babson. She has picked up 12 victories in dual-match singles play and owns a 29-17 doubles record, which includes a 10-8 mark as a sophomore last season.
BUILDING ON STRONG RESULTS
Sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) is coming off a solid rookie season that saw her go 7-5 in singles and 7-4 in doubles. In addition to her overall success, she was a perfect 4-0 against NEWMAC foes in both singles and doubles. Junior teammate Alexandra Blizard (Dover, Mass.) went 2-2 in dual-match doubles action and appeared in a career-high six singles matches.
NEW HOME FOR THE BEAVERS
After calling Farwell Courts home for the last 52 years, Babson will move into a new tennis facility across campus this spring. The new facility features eight lighted courts with court-side bleacher seating, as well as additional seating along the wall overlooking the playing surface. The Beavers will open the new courts against Emerson on March 27.
CHALLENGES ALONG THE WAY
Babson will face five nationally-ranked opponents this spring, highlighted by conference matchups with No. 32 Wellesley on April 10 and 22nd-ranked MIT on April 24. The Beavers also face fifth-ranked Bowdoin and No. 19 Brandeis at home, and will take on 21st-ranked Hope during its spring break trip to Orlando, Fla.