CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—Despite victories at second and sixth singles, visiting Babson College was unable to overcome an early deficit after doubles and was defeated by 13th-ranked MIT, 7-2, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis action on Tuesday afternoon at the duPont Tennis Courts.
Babson, which will be seeded second in the upcoming NEWMAC Tournament, finishes the regular season at 12-4 overall and 7-1 in conference play. MIT improves to 15-1 overall and 8-0 in league play, and will be the top seed in the next week's championship.
The Beavers kept a pair of matches close but were unable to pick up a point in doubles. First-years Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) dropped an 8-5 decision at number one, while seniors Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) and Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) suffered an 8-5 loss at number two. Fellow senior Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) were beaten 8-1 at number three.
Merz picked up the Beavers' first point of the match with a 6-4, 6-2 victory at number two singles. Roeper also won in singles for the Green and White as she rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Engineers' senior Sonya Das (Arden Hills, Minn.) 3-6, 6-2, 1-0 (10-8) at number six singles.
Tutecky pushed senior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.), the region's fifth-ranked player, before falling 7-5, 7-5 at number one singles.
Babson returns to action next Tuesday when it will host either third-seeded Wellesley or sixth-seeded Springfield in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal at 3:30 p.m.
• The Beavers have dropped four straight matches to MIT and are 6-44 all-time against the Engineers.
• Merz has won seven consecutive singles matches and finished the regular season with a 7-0 mark against NEWMAC opponents.
• Babson is now 2-3 this season against nationally-ranked foes.