BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College built an early lead after doubles but was unable to hold on as 22nd-ranked Brandeis University rallied to defeat the Beavers, 5-4, in non-conference women's tennis action on Friday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Center.
Babson, which saw its six-match winning streak come to an end, slips to 12-3 on the year, while Brandeis improves to 8-6 overall.
The Green and White got off to a great start in doubles as first-years Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) posted an 8-2 victory at number one. Senior Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) grabbed the Beavers' second point with an 8-2 win at number three, while the Judges got on the board with an 8-0 triumph by junior Keren Khromchenko (Manalapan, N.J.) and sophomore Sabrina Ross Neergaard (Port Orchard, Wash.) at number two.
Tutckey picked up Babson's first point in singles with an easy 6-0, 6-0 win over Khromchenko at first singles. Brandeis responded with four straight wins though, as junior Olivia Leavitt (Falmouth, Maine) downed senior Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) 6-1, 6-1 at number three, first-year Lauren Bertsch (Middletown, R.I.) topped Foster 6-2, 6-3 at number four, and the duo of junior Michele Lehat (Great Neck, N.Y.) and first-year Rachel Zubrinsky (Waxhaw, N.C.) dropped just a game apiece at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
Merz closed out the match with her seventh consecutive victory, a 7-6 (7-5), 6-4 result over Ross Neergaard at number two singles.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to MIT at 4 p.m., while Brandeis hosts Bates on Saturday at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers are 3-22 against Brandeis going back to 1995 and have dropped 11 straight matches in the series.
• Babson is now 2-2 this season against nationally-ranked opponents.
• Tutecky has won six consecutive matches at number one singles and improved to 5-1 in doubles when paired with Merz this spring.