SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. - The Babson College tennis team used a solid effort in doubles, coupled with strong singles wins to defeat Mount Holyoke College, 6-3, in New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) action on Saturday afternoon at the MHC Tennis Courts. With the win, the Beavers move to 7-4 with a perfect 4-0 conference record, while the Lyons are now 8-8 and 1-3 in the NEWMAC.
Doubles action saw Babson gain its first point from three as Nastasia Tamarkin and Alexandra Blizard combined for an 8-3 win over MHC senior Joy Maran and sophomore Anya Gerasimova. At two, the pairing of Mary Kille and Emily Roeper gutted out a narrow 8-7 (7-3) win over Lyons' junior Catherine Peabody and rookie Annissa Aamoum.
Shifting to singles, Merz put the Beavers up 4-0 after besting Yazawa at one by a 6-1, 6-3 margin. Roeper then secured the match victory from four, earning a 6-3, 6-0 win against Gerasimova.
Tamarkin then earned a 6-3, 6-3 win over Huang at two to grab the 6-0 match lead. Mount Holyoke bounced back beginning at three as Peabody defeated Madison, 6-2, 6-1. Aamoum then powered her way to a hard-fought win, defeating Kille, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6). The final match of the day went to the Lyons as rookie Hannah Middleton took on Blizard from six. Each player won a set, but Middleton came out victorious with a 10-8 win in the tiebreaker.
Mount Holyoke is back on the court on Tuesday when it hosts Springfield at 4:30pm. Babson is also in action on Tuesday, hosting Wellesley at 3:30pm.