BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Wellesley College advanced to the conference finals for the eighth straight season as the top-seeded Blue ousted fourth-seeded Wheaton College, 5-1, in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Tennis Tournament Semifinals held at Babson College on Saturday.
Wellesley is now 9-1 on the season, while Wheaton closes out its fall with a mark of 8-4.
Wheaton's top tandem of sophomore Lyndsay Cooke and first-year Alexandra Marlowe earned an 8-2 win over Wellesley's duo of senior Marie Watanabe and first-year Sojung Lee at number one. However, Wellesley's pairings of sophomore Diana Granger and first-year Emily Bary earned an 8-0 sweep at number two and first-years Melissa Clark and Joyce Chen joined forces on an 8-4 win at three to give the Blue a 2-1 edge heading into singles play.
Wellesley will now take on the winner of Saturday's second semifinal match between second-seeded MIT and third-seeded Babson. The Championship Match will take place on Sunday at 1 p.m. at Babson's Farwell Courts.
Head Coach Brian Kuscher discusses the semi-final match:
Release Courtesy Babson Sports Information