BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Courts. The Beavers blanked New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) rival Springfield College, 9-0, before falling to 14th-ranked Bowdoin College, 7-2.
MATCH ONE: Babson 9, Springfield 0
Babson (6-2, 2-0 NEWMAC) got off to a fast start against Springfield (6-3, 1-1 NEWMAC) with three easy wins in doubles. First-year Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and senior Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) posted an 8-1 victory at number one, first-year Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) and senior Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded an 8-2 result at number two, and classmate Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) were 8-3 winners at number three.
Tutecky won 6-0, 6-0 at number one singles, while Merz breezed to a 6-3, 6-1 triumph at number two. Foster was a 6-0, 6-1 winner at number three, Kam registered a 6-3, 6-4 decision at number four, and Roeper rallied to win the final five games in the second set to post a 6-3, 7-5 result at number five.
Junior Alexandra Blizard (Dover, Mass.) also contributed to the sweep with a 6-1, 6-2 victory at number six singles.
MATCH TWO: Bowdoin 7, Babson 2
The Polar Bears (7-5), who reached the NCAA Tournament quarterfinal round for the second year in row last spring, won two of three doubles matches to build an early lead. The Beavers' lone point came at number two where Tutecky and Foster edged Rachel Bercovitch and Viv Daniel in a tiebreaker, 9-8 (8-3).
Quenard was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Bercovitch at number three singles, while Tutecky, who is the 24th-ranked player in the ITA northeast regional singles poll, pushed the region's fifth-ranked player, Bowdoin senior Tess Trinka, to three sets before falling 7-5, 3-6, 1-0 (10-7), at number one.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Smith at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are 22-4 all-time against Springfield and have won 21 straight matches against the Pride.
• Babson is 0-8 all-time against Bowdoin.
• The Green and White has led 3-0 after doubles in five of its six victories on the year.