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NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Wellesley

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Wellesley

NEWMAC Tournament Semifinal
Women's Tennis vs. Wellesley
Tuesday, April 30 | 3: 30 p.m.
Babson Tennis Complex | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Wellesley will meet for the second time in 13 days and 42nd time overall in a series that dates back to 1989. The Beavers are 9-32 all-time against the Blue but have won six out of the last seven matches between the programs since 2014.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• The Beavers and Blue are set to meet in the conference semifinals for the fifth year in a row and 11th time overall on Tuesday. Babson is 3-7 overall in the conference playoffs against Wellesley but has won three of its last four tournament matches since 2014.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Emily Roeper and sophomores Marissa Madison, Carolina Merz, Nastasia Tamarkin and Alexa Tutecky all won in singles and doubles as the Beavers defeated Wellesley, 8-1, back on April 17.
• Babson built a 3-0 lead after doubles and picked up four of its five singles points in straight sets. Lily Chu won at number six singles for the Blue.

LAST WELLSLEY WIN
• Leading 2-1 after doubles, the second-seeded Blue got singles points from Sarah Yan, Justine Huang and Andjela Stojkovic to defeat third-seeded Babson, 5-2, in a NEWMAC Tournament semifinal on October 22, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass.
• Yagmur Akgul earned points in both singles and doubles for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE BLUE
• Third-seeded Wellesley (13-8) is making its 15th straight NEWMAC semifinal appearance thanks to a 5-0 quarterfinal win over sixth-seeded win over Springfield on Saturday.
• Leading 3-0 after doubles, the Blue got victories from Selina Peng and Michelle Shen at second and fourth singles, respectively, to close out the match.
• Justine Huang is 8-7 at number one singles, Peng has gone 4-3 at number two, and Shen is 4-4 this season at number four.
• Peng and Libby Change are 7-4 at number one doubles for Wellesley, which outside of dropping all three points to Babson has gone 22-1 against conference foes in doubles.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Second-seeded Babson (13-5) enters is ninth consecutive NEWMAC semifinal coming off a 9-0 win over Colby-Sawyer last Wednesday.
• Madison did not drop a game in singles or double, while first-year Mary Kille recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory at number five singles for the Beavers.
• Tutecky is 8-3 at number one singles, Tamarkin is 12-5 overall and 7-1 in league play this spring, and both Merz (15-5) and Madison (15-6) went 6-2 in conference matches.
• Tutecky and Tamarkin are 9-3 in all matches at number one doubles, while Merz and Madison went 8-0 in NEWMAC play and are 8-1 this spring at number two.

CHANGE IN THE RANKINGS
• After entering ITA Northeast poll at No. 20 back on April 11, the Beavers moved up four spots to No. 16 in the most recent rankings released last Thursday. Babson is now one spot ahead of Wellesley, which slipped from 16th to 17th.
• Additionally, Tutecky and Tamarkin jumped three spots from 15th to 12th in the northeast region doubles rankings.

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• 10: The number of consecutive victories for the Beavers at number two doubles.
• 14: The winning streak, which includes a 13-0 mark this season, for Babson when holds a lead going to singles.

HOME, SWEET HOME
• The Green and White is 10-2 in home matches this season and has gone 12-4 over the last two years since opening the Babson Tennis Complex.

LOOKING AHEAD
• The winner of Tuesday's match will face either top-seeded and 19th-ranked MIT or fifth-seeded Wheaton in Saturday's NEWMAC final.

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