NEWMAC Tournament Final
Women's Tennis at No. 19 MIT
Saturday, May 4 | 12 p.m.
DuPont Tennis Courts | Cambridge, Mass.
• Babson and MIT will meet for the 53rd time on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1979-80 campaign. The Beavers are 6-46 all-time against the Engineers and have dropped the last six matches in the series.
• Babson and MIT will meet for the second year in a row and the 12th time overall in the conference playoffs on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are just 2-9 all-time in NEWMAC Tournament matches against the Engineers with the victories coming in the 2003 and 2014 finals.
• Sophomores Marissa Madison and Carolina Merz scored an 8-6 victory at number two doubles before then-ranked-16th MIT rattled off six straight-set wins in doubles to defeat the Beavers, 8-1, on April 23 in Babson Park.
• Junior Lara Rakocevic, sophomores Libby Rickerman and Viktoriya Tabunschchyk, and first-year Ashley Teng all won in singles and doubles for the Engineers.
LAST BABSON WIN
• The Beavers rallied to win the final four singles matches, including Quenard's three-set victory at number three, en route to a 5-4 triumph over MIT in the NEWMAC Tournament title match on October 26, 2014, in Babson Park.
• The Green and White, who claimed its first conference tournament championship since 2003, trailed 2-1 after doubles and needed wins at first through fourth singles to complete the comeback.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• Top-seeded and 19th-ranked MIT (15-3) is making its eighth consecutive NEWMAC Tournament final appearance after dispatching fifth-seeded Wheaton, 5-0, on Tuesday.
• Tabunshchyk and Marina Zhang won at second and third singles, respectively, for the Engineers, who extended their winning streak to four against the Lyons.
• Rickerman is 11-5 at number one singles, Tabunshchyk is 12-3 at number two, and Megan Guenther is 15-3 overall with 14 of the victories coming at fifth and sixth singles.
• Rickerman and Tabunshchyk have gone 11-3 at number one singles, while Rakocevic and Teng are 10-4 in all matches at number three.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Second-seeded Babson (14-5) is making its second consecutive NEWMAC Tournament final appearance after defeating third-seeded Wellesley, 5-0, on Tuesday.
• The Beavers won a pair of close matches in doubles and then got victories from Merz and sophomore Alexa Tutecky in the top two singles contests.
• Tutecky is 9-3 at number one singles, sophomore Nastasia Tamarkin is 12-5 overall and 7-1 against league foes this spring, and both Merz (16-5) and Madison (15-6) finished conference play at 6-2.
• Tutecky and Tamarkin are 10-3 in all matches at number one doubles, while Merz and Madison are 15-2 overall and 9-1 at number two this spring.
RISING IN THE RANKINGS
• After entering ITA Northeast poll at No. 20 back on April 11, the Beavers moved up four spots to No. 16 in the most recent rankings released last Thursday.
• Additionally, Tutecky and Tamarkin jumped three spots from 15th to 12th in the northeast region doubles rankings.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
• 11: The number of consecutive victories for the Beavers at number two doubles.
• 15: The winning streak, which includes a 13-0 mark this season, for Babson when holds a lead going to singles.