BABSON PARK, Mass.—The second-seeded Babson College women's tennis team built a 2-1 lead after doubles and got victories from seniors Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) and first-year Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) in singles to defeat third-seeded Wellesley College, 5-2, in a New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal on Tuesday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Center.
With the win, 38th-ranked Babson improves to 13-4 overall and advances to the conference final for the first time since 2015, while 39th-ranked Wellesley closes the year at 14-8.
The Blue got on the board first as first-years Lilly Kong (Mason, Ohio) and Lily Chu (Princeton, N.J) defeated the Beavers' duo of Foster and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.), 8-1, at number three doubles. The Green and White followed with an 8-3 victory at number two from Quenard and senior Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and then took the lead for good as first-years Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) bested Wellesley's pairing of junior Justine Huang (Coto de Caza, Calif.) and sophomore Selina Peng (Taichung, Taiwan), 8-6, at number one.
Foster earned Babson's first point in singles with a 6-0, 6-3 triumph over sophomore Korina Hernandez (Princeton, N.J.) at number five, while Madison followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Blue junior Sojin Ki (Irvine, Calif.) at number five. Wellesley cut its deficit to 4-2 thanks to a 7-5, 6-2 victory by Chu at number six, but Quenard wrapped up the match with a hard-fought 7-6, 6-4 decision over Kong at number three.
Tutecky and Huang split the first two sets at number one singles, while Merz and Peng were midway through a decisive third set at number two when the match was completed.
Babson will return to action on Saturday when it travels to top-seeded and 11th-ranked MIT for the NEWMAC Tournament final at 12 p.m.
• The Beavers have won five of their last seven matches against Wellesley, which includes NEWMAC Tournament semifinal wins in over the Blue in three of the last four seasons.
• Quenard improved to 5-0 in conference tournament singles matches with her win on Wednesday.
• Babson is now 3-3 on the year against nationally-ranked opponents.