BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 16 MIT took control of the match with a pair of close wins in doubles and claimed all six singles matches in straight sets on the way to defeating Babson College, 8-1, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) women's tennis action on Tuesday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Complex.
Babson, which saw its eight-match winning streak come to an end, slips to 12-5 overall and 7-1 in league play, while MIT improves to 13-3 overall and will be the top seed in next week's NEWMAC Tournament after going 8-0 against conference foes. The Beavers will be seeded second for the second year in a row.
The Beavers' lone point of the match came at number two doubles as sophomores Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) and Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) scored an 8-6 win. Classmates Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Nastasia Tamarkin (Washington, D.C.) were beaten by the Engineer's duo of sophomore Libby Rickerman (Wayzata, Minn.) and first-year Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Ancaster, Canada) 8-4 at number one, while junior Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) and first-year Mary Kille (Simsbury, Conn.) lost in a tiebreaker at number three.
MIT dominated in singles to recorded its 56 consecutive NEWMAC regular season win with the closest matches coming at number three and four. Tamarkin fell to sophomore Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) 6-3, 6-2 at number three, while junior Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) defeated Madison 6-3, 6-2 at number four in the last match to go final.
Tutecky suffered a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Rickerman at number one, while Merz dropped a 6-1, 6-2 decision to Tabunshchyk at number two.
Babson will wrap up its regular season on Wednesday when it hosts Colby-Sawyer at 3 p.m., while MIT travels to nationally-ranked Tufts on Friday at 3 p.m.
• The Beavers have dropped their last six matches against MIT.
• Tuesday's match between Babson and the Engineers marked the second year in a row that the two programs had met with the regular season title on the line.
• Tamarkin had her eight-match singles winning streak snapped, while Roeper and Kille saw their eight-match doubles winning streak come to an end.