CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The second-seeded Babson College women's tennis team suffered a 5-0 loss to top-seeded and 19th-ranked MIT in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Tournament championship match on Saturday at the DuPont Tennis Courts.
Babson sees its season come to a close at 14-6, while MIT improves to 16-3 and earns the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
The Engineers' duo of sophomore Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) and first-year Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Ancaster, Canada) jumped out to a 6-1 lead en route to an 8-4 win over Beavers' sophomores Alexa Tutecky (North York, Ontario) and Nastasia Tamarkin (Washington, D.C.) at number one doubles. Junior Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and first-year Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) won seven consecutive games to finish off an 8-2 triumph over junior Emily Roeper (Belle Mead, N.J.) and first-year Mary Kille (Simsbury, Conn.) at number three.
Babson sophomores Carolina Merz (Santa Tecla, El Salvador) and Marissa Madison (Columbus, Ohio) built a 5-2 advantage at number two before sophomore Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and first-year Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.) rallied for an 8-6 victory and a 3-0 lead.
Guenther was a 6-1, 6-0 winner over Kille at number six singles, and Teng secured the clinching point with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Roeper at number five. MIT won the first set at first, third and fourth singles, while Merz led Tabunshchyk 6-3, 2-3 when the match was halted.
• The Beavers are now 2-10 all-time against MIT in the conference playoffs.
• Saturday's 8-6 loss snapped an 11-match winning streak for Babson at number two doubles.
• The Beavers' 14 wins are the program's most since the 2015-16 campaign and tied for the fifth most in school history.