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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Springfield/No. 14 Bowdoin

Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Springfield/No. 14 Bowdoin

Women's Tennis vs. Springfield/No. 14 Bowdoin
Saturday, March 31—11 a.m./3 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.

vs. Springfield
The Beavers and Pride will meet for the 26th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers are 21-4 all-time against Springfield, which includes 20 straight wins since 2000.

vs. Bowdoin
Babson and Bowdoin will meet for just the eighth time in a series that began in 1985 on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are 0-7 all-time against the Polar Bears although the teams played for the first time since 1992 last spring.

Springfield (6-2, 1-0 NEWMAC) has won four straight after easing past Smith 9-0 in its conference opener on Tuesday. The Pride breezed through doubles and picked up six straight-set wins in singles, including 6-0, 6-1 victories from sophomore Cara Freadman and junior Emily Etter and first and second, respectively. Freadman is 6-1, sophomore Rachel Ahlmeyer is 6-2 and junior Melissa Parrish has gone 5-1 this spring in singles action. Ahlmeyer and senior Rachel Litchfield are a team-best 5-1 at number three doubles, while the pairing of Parrish and sophomore Addie Kendall is 4-1 at number two doubles.

No. 14 Bowdoin (5-5) has split its last four matches after suffering a 5-4 loss to No. 10 Chicago back on March 22 in Palm Desert, Calif. Despite leading 2-1 after doubles, the Polar Bears were only able to pull out wins by first-year Izzy Essi and sophomore Sasa Jovanovic at fourth and sixth singles, respectively, against the Maroons. Senior Tess Trinka, the region's third-ranked player, is 11-4 at number one singles, while Essi has gone 12-3 at number four. Trinka (12-5) and Essi (11-5) are fifth in the ITA doubles rankings, and first-year Vivi Daniel is 11-6 in all doubles matches. Bowdoin takes on Connecticut College prior to facing the Beavers.

Babson (5-1, 1-0 NEWMAC) has won three straight matches after routing Emerson, 9-0, in its conference opener on Tuesday. Seniors Kylie Kam and Claire Foster, sophomore Emily Roeper and first-years Alexa Tutecky and Marissa Madison all won in singles and doubles for the Beavers. Tutecky is 6-2 with four wins at number one, while Foster and first-year Carolina Merz have both won four singles in all competitions this season. Tutecky (11-2) and Merz (6-2) are 4-1 at number one doubles and the duo of Foster and Kam are both 6-3 overall and 4-1 while playing together at number two. Roper is also 5-0 in all doubles matches, which includes a 4-0 mark at number three.

Tutecky debuted in the ITA northeast region singles rankings at No. 24 on Thursday, while the Beavers are currently 17th as a team in the regional rankings.

After going over three years without playing two dual matches in the same day, the Green and White will do it for the second time in 11 days on Saturday. Babson defeated both then-No. 36 Hope and Hamilton, 5-4, back on March 21 in Orlando, Fla.

The Beavers have taken all three doubles points in four of their five victories this season.