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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. No. 22 Brandeis

Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. No. 22 Brandeis

Women's Tennis vs. No. 22 Brandeis
Friday, April 20-3:00 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts-Babson Park, Mass.

Babson and Brandeis will meet for the 25th time in a series that dates back to the 1994-1995 campaign on Friday afternoon in Babson Park. The Beavers are 3-21 all-time against the Judges and have lost their previous 10 matches against the Judges.

The Judges coasted to a 9-0 victory against the Beavers on March 30, 2017, in Waltham, Mass. Sophomore Emily Roeper and senior Claire Foster lost 8-4 at number three doubles, while senior Kylie Kam and junior Chloe Brandt dropped an 8-3 decision at third doubles. Five players picked up points in both singles and doubles for Brandeis, which claimed all six singles matches in straight sets.

The Beavers took all three doubles points on their way to defeating Brandeis, 5-4, on March 25, 2008, in Waltham. Jessica Huang '10 and Lorena Becerra '10 won in both singles and doubles to help lead Babson past the Judges.

No. 22 Brandeis (7-6) has dropped three straight matches, all of them coming to ranked opponents, following last Saturday's 6-3 setback at No. 16 Skidmore. Junior Olivia Leavitt won at both number three singles and number two doubles, while senior Haley Cohen and first-year Rachel Zubrinsky picked up a point with an 8-5 victory at number three doubles for the Judges. Leavitt and first-year Lauren Bertsch are both 7-5 in dual-match singles play, and juniors Keren Khromchenko and Michele Lehat have both won six times this spring. Bertsch is 14-9 overall and 7-3 at number two doubles, while Khromchenko has won 12 matches in all doubles competitions and is 9-4 in dual matches.

Babson (12-2) has won its last six matches after defeating Connecticut College, 7-2, on Thursday night. First-years Alexa Tutecky and Carolina Merz were both victorious in singles and doubles for the Beavers, who also got straight-set singles wins from Foster, sophomore Emily Roper and first-year Marissa Madison. Tutecky is 10-2 at number one singles and 12-3 in all matches, Merz (11-2) and Foster (11-3) have both won six consecutive matches, and Kam and Roeper have each recorded nine dual-match victories. Tutecky (17-3) and senior Jenny Quenard (9-1) are 6-1 at number one doubles, while Merz and Foster are both 12-4 overall and 10-3 in dual-match play. Additionally, Roeper is 10-1 in all doubles competitions this season.

Roeper and junior Alexandra Blizard were recognized for their work in the classroom when the NEWMAC released its Academic All-Conference team on Thursday. Blizard was honored for the second year in a row, while Roeper was named to the team for the first time.

Friday's match will mark the final regular season home competition for Babson's senior class of Foster, Kam and Quenard. The trio has amassed 230 combined singles and doubles wins, while helping the program to 52 victories, a NEWMAC Tournament championship in 2014 and the Beavers' first NCAA Tournament appearance and victory back in 2015. 

The Beavers have wins over Wellesey and Hope and are 2-1 this season against nationally-ranked opponents.