Women's Tennis

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Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Holy Cross

Match Preview: Women's Tennis vs. Holy Cross

Women's Tennis vs. Holy Cross
Sunday, February 10 | 2:30 p.m.
Boston Sports Club | Needham, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Holy Cross will meet for the sixth time since 2003 on Sunday in the spring opener for both teams. The Beavers are 2-3 against the Crusaders during this stretch.

LAST MEETING
• Holy Cross jumped on top 2-1 after doubles and picked up victories at third through sixth singles to defeat the Beavers, 6-3, on March 23, 2010, in Babson Park.
• Jes Huang '10 and Rebecca Stone '12 won 8-3 at number one doubles and also posted victories at first and second singles, respectively, for Babson.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Despite dropping all three doubles matches, the Beavers rallied to take five of six points in singles on their way to defeating Holy Cross, 4-2, on September 27, 2005, in Worcester, Mass.
• Gretchen Hackmann, Courtney Farrell and Kali Hogan were victorious at first through third singles for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE CRUSADERS
• Holy Cross (4-3) returns to action for the first time since defeating Monmouth, 4-3, back on October 14.
• The Crusaders played three matches against Division III programs during the fall going 2-1 with wins over Connecticut College and Clark and a loss to NEWMAC foe Mount Holyoke.
• Madeline DeNucci is 10-2 in all singles matches and 6-1 at No. 3, while Caroline Kam is 9-2 overall and is riding a five-match winning streak.
• DeNucci and Jennifer Kary are 10-1 overall and 5-1 at number three doubles, although the rest of the squad is just 5-10 combined in doubles matches.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (0-1) returns to competition for the first time since competing at the NEWITT Tournament back in mid-October.
• Under the direction of first-year head coach Michael Kopelman, the Beavers return seven players from a team that finished 13-5 overall and reached the NEWMAC Tournament final last spring.
• Sophomore Alexa Tutecky, the reigning league rookie of the year, went 11-3 in singles and 19-5 in all doubles matches last year, while classmate Carolina Merz went 11-2 at number two singles and 14-6 in doubles on the way to earning a pair of All-NEMWAC honors.
• Junior Emily Roeper was named to the all-league doubles team and also went 10-4 in singles competition last year.

YOUTH MOVEMENT
• Eight of the 11 players on Kopelman's roster are either first-years or sophomores. Roeper and seniors Alex Blizard and Chloe Brandt are the only three players with more than a year of collegiate tennis experience entering the spring.

WHAT'S AHEAD
• The Green and White will host Division II Stonehill on February 24 and Colby-Sawyer on March 9 inside the Boston Sports Club before heading to southern California for spring break in mid-March.

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