BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team was unable to rally from a deficit after doubles and suffered a 5-4 loss to Endicott College in its season opener on Friday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Complex.
Senior Chloe Brandt (Denver, Colo.) and junior Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) picked up the Beavers' lone point in doubles with a hard-fought 8-7 (8-6) win at number two. Sophomores Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) dropped an 8-5 decision at number one, while sophomore Ally Kaden (Brielle, N.J.) and first-year Mary Kille (Simsbury, Conn.) were beaten 8-4 at number three.
Tutecky clinched the first singles point with a 6-2, 6-2 triumph at number one, before Endicott (3-0) won each of the next three points. Kaden and Kille dropped straight-set matches at fifth and sixth singles, while Brandt suffered a 7-6 (11-9), 3-6, 10-6 loss to Gulls' first-year Justine Hoover (Wallingford, Conn.) at number two.
Madison bounced back from her loss in doubles to win 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 at third singles, and Roeper posted a 6-4, 6-4 victory at fourth singles for the Green and White.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it travels to Bates for the Wallach Invitational, while Endicott hosts Western New England tomorrow at 1 p.m.
• Friday's contest against Endicott marked the collegiate head coaching debut for new Babson head coach Michael Kopelman.
• The loss was the first for the Beavers in seven all-time matches against Endicott.