NORTHAMPTON, Mass.—The Babson College women's tennis team began play at the New England Women's Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament (NEWITT) on Friday afternoon, winning two of its three contests in the best-of-three format.
The duo of junior Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) and first-year Ipek Akgul (Istanbul, Turkey) dropped all three points in its match against Libby Rickerman and Sarah Pertsemlidis of MIT. After suffering an 8-4 loss in doubles, Merz dropped a 6-2, 6-3 decision in her singles matches, while Akgul split the first two sets before falling 6-2, 2-6, 1-0 (10-5).
The second-seeded pairing of senior Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) and Laura De La Espriella (Sunrise, Fla.) breezed into the second round with three easy victories against the Smith duo of Allison Ahern and Yena Li. Roeper won her singles match 6-0, 6-1 and De La Espriella was a 6-1, 6-1 winner in addition to their 8-1 triumph in the doubles match.
Junior Ally Kaden (Brielle, N.J.) and sophomore Mary Kille (Simsbury, Conn.) also advanced to Saturday's second round with a 2-1 triumph over the Endicott pairing of Ahsley Keaveney and Cara McCormack. The Beavers secured the all-important doubles point with an 8-6 win and got a 7-5, 4-6, 1-0 (10-3) victory from Kille to secure the decisive point.
All three teams will return to action on Saturday morning at 9 a.m.