BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 11 MIT built an early lead in doubles and won the first three singles matches in straight sets on its way to defeating 38th-ranked Babson College, 6-0, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament final on Saturday afternoon at the duPoint Tennis Courts.
Babson, which was playing in the championship match for the first time since 2015, sees its season come to a close at 13-5 overall. MIT, which captured its third straight title, improves to 17-2 and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Despite a pair of close matches, the Beavers trailed 3-0 after doubles. Senior Claire Foster (Orange, Conn.) and sophomore Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) suffered an 8-1 loss at number three, first-years Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) battled back before falling 8-5 at number one, and seniors Kylie Kam (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Jenny Quenard (St.-Legier, Switzerland) dropped an 8-6 decision at number two.
Senior Dora Tzeng (Fremont, Calif.) defeated Babson first-year Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) 6-1, 6-0 at number four singles. Matches at first and six singles finished simultaneously as Merz dropped a 6-4, 6-1 decision to senior Elysa Kohrs (Half Moon Bay, Calif.) in the top flight, while first-year Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) topped Roeper 6-0, 6-0 at number six.
Quenard took the first set at number two and Foster was a 7-5 first-set winner at number three for the Beavers.
• Babson has dropped five straight matches to MIT and is 2-9 all-time against the Engineers in the postseason.
• The senior trio of Foster (86 wins), Kam (81) and Quenard (63) all rank in the top 20 on the program's combined wins list. Foster is tied with Alex Freeman '15 for second all-time with 53 singles wins, while Kam is tied for ninth with 49 doubles victories.
• The Beavers finished the season with a 3-4 mark against nationally-ranked opponents.