NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
No. 2 Women's Tennis vs. No. 3 Wellesley
Tuesday, May 1—3:30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Wellesley will meet for the second time in three weeks and 40th overall in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 7-32 all-time against the Blue but have won four of the last six matches between the teams since 2014.
The Beavers are Blue will meet in the conference semifinals for the fourth season in a row and ninth time overall on Tuesday. Babson is 2-7 against in the nine previous NEWMAC Tournament matches but defeated Wellesley in 2014 and 2015 to reach the league title match.
Seniors Kylie Kam and Claire Foster and first-year Carolina Merz all won in both singles and doubles as Babson defeated the Blue, 6-3, on April 10 in Wellesley. The Beavers took two of three doubles points and also got a win from first-year Alexa Tutecky at number one singles. First-years Lizzy Kong and Lily Chu posted victories at third and sixth singles for the Blue.
LAST WELLESLEY WIN
Leading 2-1 after doubles, the second-seeded Blue got singles points from Sarah Yan, junior Justine Huang and Andjela Stojkovic to defeat third-seeded Babson, 5-2, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on October 22, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass. Yagmur Akgul and Dina Weick '17 were victorious at number one doubles and Akgul breezed to a straight-set win at first singles for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE BLUE
Third-seeded Wellesley (14-7), which is ranked 39th in the ITA national poll, is making its 14th straight NEWMAC semifinal appearance after blanking sixth-seeded Springfield, 5-0, in a quarterfinal on Saturday. Chu and sophomore Korina Hernandez both collected points in singles and doubles against the Pride. Huang is 14-4 at number one singles and Hernandez is 13-4, which includes a 7-2 mark against league foes. Huang and sophomore Selina Peng are 14-3 at number one doubles, while Chu and Kong have gone 11-5 in all matches this spring.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (12-4), which entered the most recent ITA national poll at No. 38, is making its eighth straight NEWMAC semifinal appearance. The Beavers are looking to rebound from their only conference loss of the year, a 7-2 setback at then-No. 13 MIT last Tuesday. Merz and sophomore Emily Roeper picked up wins at second and sixth singles against the Engineers. Tutecky (13-4) and Merz (13-2) both have 11 dual-match victories, Foster in 11-5 in all matches and Roeper has gone 10-3 overall this spring. Tutecky is 18-4 in all doubles competitions, while Merz and Foster are both 13-5 overall and 11-4 in dual matches.
FIRST TASTE OF THE POSTSEASON
Babson enters May with just four players on its roster that have competed in the postseason. Tuesday's match against Wellesley will also be the first in program history at the new tennis facility, which opened back in March.
RISING IN THE RANKINGS
The Green and White, which is ranked in the ITA national poll for the first time since April 2016, moved up four spots to 13th in the northeast region rankings when they were released last Thursday. Additionally, Tutecky moved up from 18th to 15th in the northeast singles rankings.
The winner of Tuesday's contest will take on either top-seeded and 11th-ranked MIT or fifth-seeded Wheaton in Saturday's final.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The winner of the last three postseason matches between Babson and Wellesley has led 2-1 after doubles.