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NEWMAC Championship Preview: No. 38 Women's Tennis at No. 11 MIT

NEWMAC Championship Preview: No. 38 Women's Tennis at No. 11 MIT

NEWMAC Tournament Final
No. 38 Women's Tennis at No. 11 MIT
Saturday, May 5—12 p.m.
duPont Tennis Courts—Cambridge, Mass.

Babson and MIT will meet for the 51st time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1979-1980 campaign. The Beavers are 6-44 all-time against the Engineers and have dropped four straight matches in the series since claiming the 2014 NEWMAC Tournament championship.

Babson and MIT will meet for the first time since 2015 and the 11th time overall in NEWMAC/NEW 8 Tournament history on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are just 2-8 all-time in conference tournament matches against the Engineers with the victories coming in the 2003 and 2014 finals.

Sophomore Carolina Merz won at number two singles and sophomore Emily Roeper was victorious at number six, but Babson was unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit after doubles and fell to then-13th-ranked MIT, 7-2, on April 24 in Cambridge. Senior Elysa Kohrs, classmate Dora Tzeng and sophomore Lara Rakocevic all won in singles and doubles for the Engineers.

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 its first conference tournament championship since 2003, trailed 2-1 after doubles and needed wins at first through fourth singles to complete the comeback.

No. 11 MIT (16-2) is making its seventh consecutive NEWMAC Tournament final appearance following Tuesday's 5-0 win over fifth-seeded Wheaton. The Engineers cruised to three points in doubles and then got singles victories from Tzeng and first-year Marina Zhang to close out the win. Kohrs is 14-1 at number one singles, Zhang is 13-1 with wins at four different flights, and first-year Libby Rickerman has gone 8-2 at second singles. Kohrs is 13-2 in all doubles matches, while Das and Zheng are a team-best 15-2 when paired together in doubles matches. MIT has dropped just two points, both to Babson, in conference play this spring and is 5-2 on the year against nationally-ranked opponents.

Babson (13-4) has won seven of its last nine matches and is making its first NEWMAC Tournament final appearance since 2015 after defeating No. 39 Wellesley, 5-2, on Tuesday. Senior Jenny Quenard, classmate Claire Foster and first-year Marissa Madison all won in singles for the Beavers, who led 2-1 after doubles. First-year Alexa Tutecky is 11-3 at number one singles and 13-4 in all matches, Merz (13-2) has won eight consecutive matches and Foster 12-5) is 7-1 against NEWMAC foes. Tutecky (19-4) and Merz (14-5) are 6-2 at number one doubles, while Roeper (11-3), Quenard (10-3), Foster (13-6) and senior Kylie Kam (13-7) have all posted double-digit win totals in dual-match play.

The senior trio of Foster, Kam and Quenard are the only current Babson players that have an experienced a win over MIT as all three were part of the Beavers' 2014 NEWAMC Tournament championship. Quenard, who is 5-0 in conference tournament singles matches, picked up a win at number two doubles alongside Kam on Tuesday against Wellesley, while Foster picked up a key point at number four singles.

Each of Babson's last two championship match appearances have come down to the final match. The Beavers edged MIT 5-4 in 2014 and were unable to hold onto a one-point lead after doubles in a 5-4 loss to the Engineers in 2015.

The Beavers are 3-3 this season against nationally-ranked foes.