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Match Preview: Women's Tennis at No. 13 MIT

Match Preview: Women's Tennis at No. 13 MIT

Women's Tennis at No. 13 MIT
Tuesday, April 24—4 p.m.
duPont Tennis Courts—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 50th time on Tuesday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1979-1980 campaign. The Beavers are 6-43 all time against the Engineers and have dropped three straight matches in the series since claiming the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament championship.

The Engineers cruised past the Beavers 7-2 on September 20, 2016, in Cambridge. Junior Kelly Zhu and sophomore Lara Rakocevic won in both singles and doubles for MIT. Yagmur Akgul teamed with Dina Weick '17 for an 8-5 win at number one doubles, and posted a 7-5, 6-3 victory at number one singles.

The Beavers rallied to win the final four singles matches, including Quenard's three-set victory at number three, en route to a 5-4 triumph over MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament title match on October 26, 2014, in Babson Park. The Green and White, who claimed their first conference tournament championship since 2003, trailed 2-1 after doubles and need wins at first through fourth singles to complete the comeback.

No. 13 MIT (14-1, 7-0 NEWMAC) has won its past eight matches after defeating No. 30 Vassar College 9-0 on Sunday. Zhu, Rakocevic, seniors Elysa Kohrs, Dora Tzeng and Sonya Das, and first-year Marina Zhang all won in singles and doubles  for the Engineers, who are off to the best start in program history. Kohrs is 13-0 at number one singles, Zhang is 12-1 with wins at four different flights, and Libby Rickerman has gone 8-1 at second singles. Kohrs is 13-2 in all doubles matches, while Das and Zheng are a team-best 12-2 when paired together in doubles matches. MIT has not dropped a point in conference play this spring and is 5-1 on the year against nationally-ranked opponents.

Babson (12-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) has won six of its last seven matches after falling 5-4 to No. 22 Brandeis on Friday. First-years Carolina Merz and Alexa Tutecky won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who also got a victory from senior Claire Foster and sophomore Emily Roeper at number three doubles. Tutecky is 11-2 at number one singles and 13-3 in all matches, Merz (12-2) has won seven consecutive matches and Foster (11-4) is 7-0 against NEWMAC foes. Tutecky (18-3) and senior Jenny Quenard (9-2) are 6-1 at number one doubles, while Merz and Foster are both 13-4 overall and 11-3 in dual-match play. Additionally, Roeper is 11-1 in all doubles competitions this season.

The winner of Monday's match will win the NEWMAC regular season crown and be the top seed in the conference tournament, which begins with quarterfinal action on Saturday. The Engineers have won five straight regular season titles, while the Beavers are looking for their first since 2003.

Foster ranks third in program history with 52 singles wins and is 12th on the program's career list with 85 combined singles and doubles victories. Senior Kylie Kam, who recorded 32 singles and 48 doubles wins, is just behind her in 13th place with 80 career triumphs.

The Beavers are 5-0 on the road this season and 8-1 in all matches played away from home.