BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Despite graduating two of the team's top three players from last year's team, the Babson College women's tennis program expects continued success this fall. The Beavers will once again be coached by Jim Berrigan, who enters his 12th season with the most wins (117) of any coach in program history.
Anchoring this year's team will be tri-captains Rebecca Stone (Dover, Mass.), Monica Mercer (Woodinville, Wash.), and Caroline Hobert (Longmeadow, Mass.). The lone junior of the three, Stone posted a team-best record of 13-7 in singles play last year, including a 10-5 mark at number two. Mercer, a senior, went 7-5 in singles competition and earned NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team honors at number three doubles a year ago, while classmate Hobert has played primarily in doubles competition in her career, recording five victories.
Other key returners on this year's team include sophomore Mikaela Stamas (Northborough, Mass.) and junior Ashley Lake (Brockton, Mass.). Stamas earned All-Conference Second Team honors at number five singles after recording eight singles wins last year, and Lake joined Mercer with All-NEWMAC Second Team status at third doubles while also contributing five singles victories.
"I'm very excited about this season," says Berrigan. "We have a great mix of veteran players and talented first-years. Hopefully we can maintain our position as one of the top teams in the league again this fall."