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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. No. 16 MIT

Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. No. 16 MIT

Women's Tennis vs. No. 16 MIT
Tuesday, April 23 | 4:15 p.m.
Babson Tennis Courts | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 52nd time on Tuesday in a series that dates back to the 1979-80 campaign. The Beavers are 6-45 all-time against the Engineers and are looking for their first win in the series since the fall of 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Elysa Kohrs and Dora Tzeng were victorious in both singles and doubles to help then-11th-ranked MIT knock off then-No. 38 Babson, 6-0, in the NEWMAC Tournament final on May 5, 2018, in Cambridge, Mass.

LAST BABSON WIN
• The Beavers rallied to win the final four singles matches, including Jenny Quenard's '18 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.

SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• No. 16 MIT (12-3, 7-0 NEWMAC) has lost just once since early March and is coming off a 9-0 win against Springfield on Saturday.
• The Engineers dropped just one game in three doubles matches and claimed all six singles matches in straight sets to claim its 55th straight NEWMAC regular season victory.
• First-year Ashley Teng, junior Lara Rakocevic and sophomore Megan Guenther have all won 13 matches on the year in singles, classmate Libby Rickerman is 12-6 overall and 9-5 at number one singles, and first-year Viktoriya Tabunschchyk is 7-1 at number two.
• Rickerman and Tabunschchyk are 9-2 at number one doubles, while Rakocevic and Tang have gone 8-3 at number three.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (12-4, 7-0 NEWMAC) has won eight consecutive matches and is coming off a 7-0 victory over Endicott last Thursday.
• Sophomores Marissa Madison, Carolina Merz and Nastasia Tamarkin all won in both singles and doubles for the Beavers, who avenged a season-opening loss to the Gulls back in September.
• Merz and Madison lead the team with 14 singles wins apiece, junior Emily Roeper is 12-6 overall and 7-0 in league play, and Tamarkin has won eight straight contests to improve to 11-4 this spring.
• Tamarkin and sophomore Alexa Tutecky have gone 8-2 at number one doubles, while Madison and Merz are 7-1 at number two and 13-4 in all matches this season.

WHAT'S AT STAKE
• Babson and MIT enter the final day of conference play tied atop the standings for the second consecutive season. The winner of Tuesday's match will finish as the regular season league champs and earn the top seed in next week's conference tournament.
• The Beavers are seeking their first regular season NEWMAC crown since 2003, while the Engineers are looking to capture their sixth in a row.

TAMARKIN, TUTECKY SWEEP NEWMAC WEEKLY HONORS
• For the first time in her career Tamarkin was selected as the league's singles player of the week on Monday. She won once at number two and claimed two victories at number three singles last week.
• Tamarkin and Tutecky, who are ranked 15th in the ITA northeast region rankings, went 3-0 at number one doubles with two conference wins last week.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• In addition to Tamarkin's eight-match singles winning streak, Madison has won her last five singles matches, and the duo of Roeper and first-year Mary Kille have posted eight consecutive victories in doubles.

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