WELLESLEY, Mass.—Visiting Babson College took two of three doubles matches and won three of four singles matches in straight sets on its way to defeating 36th-ranked Wellesley College, 6-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis action on Tuesday inside the Dorothy Towne Fieldhouse.
Babson, which has won three straight matches, improves to 9-2 overall and 5-0 in league play, while Wellesley slips to 10-6 overall and 3-1 in the NEWMAC.
Senior Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and first-year Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) were 8-4 winners at second doubles, while senior Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) followed with an 8-4 victory at number three for the Beavers. The Blue got on the board as junior Justine Huang (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and sophomore Selina Peng (Taichung, Taiwan) defeated senior Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) and first-year Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario), 8-6, at number one.
Wellesley pulled even in the match with a straight-set win at number three singles, but Merz downed Peng 6-1, 6-3 at number two and Tutecky followed with a 7-6 (8-6), 6-2 triumph at number one. Foster clinched the winning point for the Green and White with a 6-1, 6-4 victory at number four.
Kam rallied after dropping the first set for a 4-6, 6-2, 1-0 (11-9) win at number five, while Roeper won the first set before falling 2-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-3) at sixth singles.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to Clark at 2 p.m., while Wellesley visits Springfield for a 12 p.m. match.
• The Beavers have now won four of their last six matches against Wellesley.
• Babson's last 5-0 start in NEWMAC play came in 2003, when it went 7-0 on the way to winning the regular season title.
• Tutecky, Merz and Foster have all won three straight matches in singles, while the duo of Kam and Merz improved to 4-0 this spring against league foes at second doubles.
• The Green and White is now 2-1 this season against nationally-ranked opponents.