MIT Defeats Babson, 5-0, to Capture Fourth Straight NEWMAC Women’s Tennis Championship

Women's Tennis NEWMAC Championship
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THE BASICS:

- Score: No. 19 MIT 5, Babson College 0

- Records: No. 19 MIT (16-3), Babson (15-4)

- Location: Cambridge, Mass. (DuPont Tennis Courts)

- The Lead: On Saturday afternoon, the nationally-ranked No. 19 and top-seeded MIT women's tennis team claimed the program's fourth straight and 10th overall NEWMAC Championship with a 5-0 victory over No. 2 seeded Babson College. The Engineers earned the league's automatic bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III Tournament. In addition, sophomore Megan Guenther (Willowbrook, Ill.) was named the Tournament Most Outstanding Player for her performance this past week.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- MIT's No. 1 doubles tandem of sophomore Libby Rickeman (Wayzata, Minn.) and first-year Viktoriya Tabunshchyk (Ancaster, Canada) jumped out to a 6-1 lead, however, Alexa Tutecky and Nastasia Tamarkin closed the gap to 7-4. The Engineers quickly won the next game, resulting in the first point of the day. Babson's No. 3 duo of Emily Roeper and Mary Kille held a 2-1 edge, but junior Lara Rakocevic (Portland, Ore.) and first-year Ashley Teng (Tustin, Calif.) claimed the next seven games to secure the victory.

- At the No. 2 spot, Carolina Merz and Marissa Madison built a 5-2 advantage. However, sophomore Marina Zhang (Garnet Valley, Pa.) and Guenther closed the gap to 6-5 before winning the next three games to capture the 8-6 come-from-behind victory and complete the Engineers' doubles sweep.

- Guenther carried the momentum into her No. 6 singles match with Killie, posting a 6-1, 6-0 win. Teng clinched the match by defeating Roeper, 6-1, 6-1, in the No. 5 slot.

- When the match was halted, Rickeman led Tutecky, 6-1, 3-2, in the No. 1 position. Merz won the first set of her match, 6-3, but Tabunshchyk held a 3-2 edge in the No. 2 spot. Zhang was in front of Tamarkin, 6-2, 2-1 in the third slot while Rakocevic had a 6-1, 3-0 advantage over Madison in the No. 4 position.

UP NEXT:

- MIT will learn its NCAA Championship opponent and location at noon on Monday via a press release on NCAA.com. Those matches begin next weekend on Friday, May 10.

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