Match Preview: No. 38 Women’s Tennis vs. Springfield

No. 38 Women’s Tennis vs. Springfield
Thursday, April 21 | 3 pm
Babson Tennis Courts | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson is 25-4 all-time against Springfield in a series that dates back to 1995.
• The Beavers have won 24 straight matches against the Pride going back to 2000, which includes pair of victories already this season.
• Last season’s NEWMAC Tournament final between Babson and Springfield was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols.

LAST MEETING
• Four players recorded points in both singles and doubles as Babson defeated the Pride, 8-1, in the regular season finale for both teams on May 2 in Springfield.
• Ashley Avery M’21, Marissa Madison ’20 and sophomores Adèle Fernández and Juliette Moschella all posted straight-set victories in singles after helping the Beavers win all three doubles matches.
• Hailey Higgins picked up Springfield’s lone point with a victory at number six singles.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 38 Babson (8-7) rebounded from an 8-1 loss at sixth-ranked MIT on Tuesday by cruising past Wheaton, 9-0, on Thursday.
• The Beavers dropped just five total games in three doubles matches and had five players collect points in both singles and doubles to earn their fourth win in the last five matches.
• First-year Olivia Soffer is ranked eighth in the Northeast region and is 14-4 in all singles matches and 11-2 at number one, Moschella and first-year Emily Stouch are tied for second on the team with nine wins, and both graduate student Runsi Patro and sophomore Jane Wang have recorded eight victories on the year.
• Soffer and Fernandez are 4-6 at number one doubles, Stouch and Mann are 5-3 overall and 3-0 at number three, and the duo of Moschella and sophomore Shanaya Naik has gone 4-2 with two wins apiece in the second and third flights this spring.

SCOUTING THE PRIDE
• Springfield (10-4-1, 3-2 NEWMAC) has won its last three matches and is coming off a 5-4 victory over Smith on Saturday.
• Trailing 2-1 after doubles, the Pride got wins from Gabriella Heaney-Secord at number one, Ramida Manataweewat at number three, Rielly Malz at number four and Taylor Suozzo at number five to edge the Pioneers.
• Haeaney-Secord is 7-5 on the year at number one singles, Manataweewat is 10-2 overall and 8-2 at number three singles, and Suozzo has recorded six of her nine victories at number five.
• Heaney-Secord and Suozzo have gone 4-4 at number one doubles, while the duo of Manataweewat and Kate Rosselli are 5-0 at number three.

NEWMAC RESET
• The Beavers enter the final week of the regular season in third place in the conference standings at 4-1 and are behind only No. 6 MIT (6-0) and No. 34 Wellesley (5-1).
• Victories over Springfield on Thursday and Mount Holyoke on Saturday means that Babson’s match next Tuesday at Wellesley would likely be for second place and a bye into the NEWMAC Tournament semifinals.

BUILDING HER RESUME
• Soffer, who is currently eighth in the ITA Northeast regional singles rankings, improved to 5-1 against regionally-ranked opponents on Tuesday at MIT.
• Included in her record are wins over two of the top six players in the Northeast region, Ella Christensen of Tufts (3rd) and Pertsemlidis of MIT (6th), as well Alice Hall of Sewanee, who is ranked ninth in the Atlantic South region .

NUMBERS TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 6-1 in home matches this season, which includes three straight wins at the Babson Tennis Complex.
• The Green and White is 5-2 in the month of April with both losses coming to foes ranked in the top 10 of the ITA Division III poll.
• Babson is 6-0 on the year when leading after doubles.

UP NEXT
• The Beavers return to NEWMAC play on Thursday when they host Springfield at 3 pm

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