BABSON PARK, Mass.—Second-seeded Babson College got victories from sophomores Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) in the top two singles flights to finish off a 5-0 victory over third-seeded Wellesley College in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament semifinal action on Tuesday afternoon at the Babson Tennis Complex.
With its 10th win in the last 11 matches, Babson improves to 14-5 overall and advances to the conference tournament final for the second year in a row, while Wellesley's year comes to a close at 13-9.
Tutecky and sophomore Nastasia Tamarkin (Washington, D.C.) gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead with their 8-1 win over junior Selina Peng (Taichung, Taiwan) and first-year Libby Chang (San Marino, Calif.) at number one doubles. Merz and sophomore Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) followed with an 8-6 victory at number, and the duo of junior Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) and first-year Mary Kille (Simsbury, Conn.) pushed the Babson lead to 3-0 with an 8-6 triumph at number three.
Tutecky made quick work of Blue senior Justine Huang (Coto de Caza, Calif.), 6-1, 6-2, at number one singles, and Merz followed with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Peng at number two secure the match. Madison was up a set and 4-3 in the second for the Beavers, while matches at third, fifth and sixth singles were all deadlocked at a set apiece.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to top-seeded and 19th-ranked MIT at 12 p.m. in the NEWMAC Tournament final.
• The Beavers have won seven of their last nine matches against Wellesley dating back to 2014.
• Babson is 4-7 all-time against the Blue in the conference playoffs with all four wins coming since 2014.
• The Beavers have won their last 15 matches when leading after doubles.
• Babson's has won 11 matches in a row at number two doubles.